Eating a creamy slice or two of avocado a day will definitely keep the doctor away. This delicious fruit makes a great substitute for mayonnaise and butter.
If you are a regular Daily Superfood Love reader by now, you know that we have something of a love affair with the benefits of avocados it’s one of the best way to protect your cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation from arthritis, and rejuvenate your skin and hair.
But, did you know… that the seed of the avocado is one of the most nutritious and often thrown out parts of this superfood?
Before you say it, I know what you are thinking. How do you add avocado seed to your diet short of smashing it with a hammer?
The secret benefits of avocado seeds will surprise you. Historically, extracts of avocado seeds were used as ink for writing and as a food dye. A single avocado seed represents around 18% of the fruit and a waste issue for avocado processors.
Reduce Inflammation and Ease Joint Pain: Inflammation is the culprit behind numerous chronic diseases: arthritis, heart disease, stroke and even cancer all have been linked to excessive inflammation within the body.
Optimal for Digestive Health: In ancient South America avocado seeds were used to treat dysentery, gastric ulcers, and other digestive issues.
Your digestive system is essential to your overall health. Much of your immunity comes directly from the bacteria that live inside of your digestive tract. If these beneficial gut flora are living in a healthy environment, then they can do easily combat pathogenic bacteria and viruses.
Destroys Cancer Cells: The University of Antioquia, in Medellin, Colombia in November of 2013 found that extract of avocado seed and the fruit (Hass variety) had a pro-apoptotic effect on leukemia cells. The extract caused the leukemia cells to self-destruct and left the normal cells healthy and stable.
Banish Cravings and Shed Fat: Avocado seeds are packed with fiber, which can keep you full and satiated. Plus, avocado seeds can help control your blood sugar levels. When your overall blood glucose levels are steady throughout the day – you’re less likely to give in to junk food cravings.
Get Radiant Glowing Skin: Avocado seeds are the perfect food for your skin. Their potent antioxidants can rebuild collagen, repair cell damage caused by free radicals, and actually improve the look and feel of your skin.