9 Benefits of Avocado – An Avocado a Day Keeps the Doctors Away!

The first time I ever ate an avocado was this year – that’s 49 years of missing out on this amazing fruit! Well, better late than never. Since discovering it, I have been eating at least 3 or 4 pieces a week, if not one a day!

Reason for my late discovery: no one in my family ever ate avocados before; it was simply non existent in Chinese cuisine. But now, I know just how versatile this fruit is – there are literally hundreds and hundreds of healthylicious recipes featuring the avocado – I really can’t seem to get enough of it!

Here’s why you should add eat an avocado a day:

Essential Nutrients. It is an excellent source of some essential nutrients like: vitamin K (36% of daily value in one cup), dietary fibre (30%), potassium (25%), folate (23%), vitamin B6 (22%), vitamin C 20%), copper (20%).

Better Nutrient Absorption. Not only does avocado contain a spectacular array of carotenoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein, as well as many lesser known carotenoids including neochrome, neoxanthin, chrysanthemaxanthin, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and violaxanthin, it has also been found to increase the absorption of two key carotenoid antioxidants-lycopene and beta-carotene from other foods when eaten together.

Prevent Breast Cancer. Avocado is high in oleic acid, which has been found by scientists to protect against breast cancer. Oleic acid is the main reason why eating a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables and particularly olive oil is healthy (Reuters 2005)

Good for the Eyes. Avocados is a great source of lutein, which helps protect the eys against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases.

Glutathione Support. Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, which is your Master Cell Protector against aging, cancer and heart disease.

Lower Bad Cholesterol. Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been found to lower cholesterol levels as well as protect against prostate cancer. Beta-sitosterol also has anti-inflammatory and antipyretic properties.

Heartylicious as well. Besides glutathione, avocados is also a great source of folate, which has been found to protect against heart disease and strokes. One cup of avocado will give you 23% of the recommended daily value of folate.

Vitamin E Powerhouse. Avocado is rich in vitamin E, which will protect your skin from ultraviolet light, prevent cell damage from free radicals, allow your cells to communicate effectively, help protect against prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease

Ant-Inflammatory. Avocados have received a lot of bad press because of its high fat content. What most people don’t realise is that these fats are unusual – they are good for us. They are the phytosterols – beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol; and the polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs), both of which are key supporters of our inflammatory system to help keep inflammation under control.

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If that doesn’t convince you to go out and buy a basket of avocados now, then we hope our tasty Healthylicious Recipes will help persuade you!

Article by Jessica See, Clinical Nutritionist and Food Lover. Check out http://www.HealthyliciousMeals.com for free healthylicious recipes featuring the avocado and other great foods that is good for your health. Our mission: To show you that healthy food need not be boring!

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