The Amazing Avocado!
By Sara Butler
If you love some guacamole you’re doing some amazing things for your body! Avocados are one of the healthiest sources of fat you can find at the market, and their impact on your health is actually quite amazing. Here’s what these little green gems can do for you!
Avocados are good for your vision – they may even protect it. Avocados are rich in zeaxanthin and lutein, which are antioxidants that help your retina to stay healthy. The retina is the back of the eye and keeping it healthy will help to keep your vision going well into old age.
Avocados may even help age-related eye problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts – so try to fit a few slices into your lunch or dinner to keep those peepers peeping well into old age.
A Caped Cancer Crusader
Some of the extracts from avocados have been found to stop or even kill the growth of precancerous cells responsible for oral cancer and may just have similar effects on other types of cancers. This may be due to the avocado’s combination of nutrients that are unique to it, such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C and folate. It’s not a magic bullet, but there’s not a more delicious way to help keep cancer at bay!
The Great Nutrient Booster
Ohio State University published a study that found people absorbed four-and-a-half times more lycopene from tomatoes when avocado was part of the equation. Lycopene is yet another cancer fighter, and the healthy fats found in avocados help to boost the power of the nutrients you eat along with it. So, add some tomatoes together with some avocado for a special and tasty treat!
A Better Fat
Contrary to things you may have heard, your body needs fat in order to stay healthy. It’s the kind of fat you eat that really makes all the difference. So, instead of mayo on a sandwich try mashing up some avocado instead. It’s creamy and also adds heart-healthy monounsaturated fat to the mix, which has been found to help lower cholesterol. It also adds fiber and protein – so it’ll help to keep you fuller longer too. You just can’t go wrong!
If you’ve not used a lot of avocados up until now, it’s pretty clear you need to welcome these green beauties into your life for your health and to satisfy your hunger! Avocados are aces!