Historical data shows that avocados originate in Puebla, Mexico. The oldest “trace” was found in a cave in Puebla. It dates back to 10,000 BC.
Avocado is a member of the same family as camphor and cinnamon. It is nothing but a large berry that grows on a tree that reaches up to 6 feet tall when pruned properly. If planted outdoors, avocados grow 20 to 40 feet. The fruit ripens for 1-2 weeks after it’s picked.
Avocados are super foods with amazing nutritional value. Here’s what they offer:
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B9
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Avocados contain more potassium than sweet bananas. An avocado will give you 14% of the recommended daily intake of potassium, while bananas provide 10%.
Folate is great for your heart. Avocados contain 23% folate, and lowers the risk of developing heart disease. They also contain vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione. Folate also lowers the risk of stroke.
Folate is important for pregnant women and babies, as it prevents birth defects such as spinal bifida and neural tube defect.
Avocados help your body get more carotenoids (lycopene and beta carotene).
Eat more avocados to get enough carotenoid. Researchers have found that avocados contain more carotenoid and lutein than other fruit. This is important in the prevention of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Beta-sitosterol in avocados lowers cholesterol by 22%, and increases good cholesterol by 11%. It lowers blood triglycerides by 20%.
Oleic acid prevents the development of cancer cells, and inhibits growth of prostate cancer. It also targets precancerous and oral cancer cells.
Fiber keeps you full for longer, and promotes healthy weight loss. It is also important for the metabolic health and blood sugar.
When combined with carrier oil, avocado extract relieves arthritis symptoms.
Polyphenols and flavonoids in avocados provide an anti-inflammatory effect.
Avocados cleanse intestines and eliminate bad breath.
Avocado oil nourishes skin and can be used as a treatment for skin irritations, psoriasis, and other skin problems.
Glutathione is an antioxidant in avocados. It prevents heart disease, cancer and premature aging. This antioxidant destroys free radicals.
Your blood carries oxygen throughout the body. Environmental pollutants convert the oxygen in your mitochondria into free radicals while destroying your cells and DNA. That’s how chronic diseases happen.
Researchers from the Federation of American Society for Experimental Biology have confirmed that cells absorb glutathione from avocados and neutralize free radicals.
Source: The Farmacy