Health Benefits of Avocado Seed
As we know avocados are abundant in nutrients useful for our body and health. However not many of us are aware that the seed of avocado is also part of this excellent food.
The seed of the avocado contains cyanide in its structure, unlike other seeds of some other fruit.
What’s even more, the seed of the avocado contains tannins and natural polyphenol. These substances can be found in red wine and green tea.
More than 50% of total avocado’s antioxidants, like polyphenols, are contained in avocado seed. Also, it is abundant in healthy oils and soluble fiber.
There are a lot of studies conducted on the fruit of the avocado concerning its health benefits. It is proven that it has positive health benefits on our cardiovascular health and therefore the ability to produce positive effects on blood lipids.
Avocados also contain lutein and potassium, two very significant components for our health. Potassium helps to normalize blood pressure, while lutein controls the oxidative stress and inflammation.
Protects against cancer
This incredible seed actually contains four types of polyphenols including:
– flavanol glycosides
– proanthocyanidins flavonoids
– flavanol monomers
– hydroxycinnamic acids
What’s even more scientists have found the existence of procyanidin trimers, 3-O-caffeoylquinic- acid and 3-op-coumaroylquinic- acid in this seed. These substances possess anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant characteristics, which are also effective against many liver diseases.
Improvement of the cardiovascular system
It was discovered that avocado seed may improve the cardiovascular system.
In some clinical trials is noticed vasodilatation response on the walls of the aorta or in other words ability to relax blood vessels.
Also it has an impact on the cholesterol, it lowers LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and most importantly without increasing in triglycerides or reduction of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
It contains a large amount of fibers or to be more precise 4.6 grams of dietary fiber, which have extremely positive effects on digestion.
Also it prevents the development of stomach ulcers and it has analgesic properties. With its continued and long term use, there is faster wound healing.
Reduction of wrinkles
Another important health benefit of the antioxidants found in the seeds is maintaining skin health and wrinkles prevention. What’s even more polyphenols show the ability to significantly prevent the harmful effects of UV rays.
The production of collagen is significantly increased by the oils obtained from seeds of avocado. The effect is even greater if you regularly consume avocado in your everyday diet.
Avocado seed also possesses powerful antifungal, antibiotic, anti-microbial and antiviral characteristics which strengthen the effects of the immune system.
The main role in strengthening the immunity and encouraging anti-inflammatory response of the organism is attributed to the antioxidant polyphenols. These properties are beneficial for the treatment of many forms of arthritis.
THE BEST WAY TO CONSUME AVOCADO SEED
We all know that avocado seed is relatively hard. However the way to consume it is very simple.
First you need to remove the seeds from the fruit. Then put it in a plastic bag (with a zip-patent) and use a blunt object, like hammer, to crush the seed. The powder you will get from the seed you can add in salads, in smutty or fruit juice.
Due to its quite strong taste it is recommended to combine it with foods that also have a strong taste, like frozen berries, kale, spinach or pineapple.
½ avocado seed
½ avocado fruit
1 cup of coconut milk
1 pear (chopped)
½ apple (chopped)
1 cup of fresh spinach
Put all the ingredients into a blender and mix until you get smooth mixture. You can add a few ice cubes, frozen fruit, mango, melon or berries. Enjoy this healthy drink!