5 Benefits of Avocado

Avocados have countless benefits. Here are 5 that may have you running to your local avocado farm.

1. Prevent Liver Damage

Avocados have a long list of health benefits; one research team in Japan found they can significantly protect your liver. In one study, laboratory rats were fed avocado and 22 other fruits. The rats were then given D-galactosamine, a potent liver toxin that interferes with cell synthesis and results in cell death. The rats fed avocado suffered the least amount of liver damage.

2. Be Beautiful

In addition to their nutritional value, avocados are great for DIY skin care! Avocados can soothe dry or sun-burned skin as well as nourish and give your hair a glossy shine. Here’s a couple ways to do it:

Make a Hair Mask

  • Mash the insides of one ripe avocado
  • Add a tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of olive oil
  • Mix until creamy and apply to your hair
  • Leave for twenty minutes and then wash out with a gentle shampoo

Make a Face Mask

  • Mash the insides of half of a ripe avocado
  • Add a half of a tablespoon of honey
  • Add one tablespoon of all natural plain yogurt
  • Mix ingredients together until smooth
  • Wash your face gently with warm water and pat dry
  • Apply a thin layer of the mask and allow it to sit for at least fifteen minutes
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry
3. Improve Your Blood Pressure

Did you know that avocado pits have health benefits too? Studies have shown that the avocado seed has loads of health benefits, including helping people with hypertension.

Those pits might seem rock hard, but any high-speed blender should be able to grind them up. Try putting the powder in a fruit smoothie or fresh juice to helpregulate your blood pressure.

Related Article: Benefits of Juice Fasting

4. See Better

If you’ve ever seen a baby formula commercial, you’ve probably heard about lutein. Lutein is a carotenoid antioxidant that helps protect against eye disease. Yes, avocados contain this antioxidant, but they also help you get more of these nutrients from other foods. Carotenoids are soluble in fat so eating carotenoid packed foods like fruits and vegetables along with fat-rich avocadoshelps your body absorb the carotenoids.

5. Cook Healthier

Avocado oil has a similar makeup to that of olive oil and can be directly substituted for it in healthy recipes. You can find avocado oil at Vitamin Shoppes or even at Walmart! Try replacing olive oil or corn oil with avocado oil in your favorite recipes for a healthy alternative.