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Avocados

Avocados are considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet. This super-fruit contains in excess of 25 essential nutrients. Avocados contain vitamin B6 and folic acid, which help regulate homocysteine levels. (High homocysteine is associated with high cholesterol and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke). Avocados also contain vitamin E and monounsaturated fats which help in maintaining a healthy heart.  They are rich in a compound called beta-sitosterol which has been shown to be effective in balancing blood pressure.

Phytonutrient compounds found in avocados such as polyphenols and flavonoids have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, thereby reducing the risk of inflammatory and degenerative disorders. Avocado is an excellent source of carotenoid lutein, which is known to help protect against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.  Rich in antioxidants, avocados are beneficial to all aging symptoms.

The monounsaturated (good) fats in avocados can reverse insulin resistance, which help to regulate blood sugar levels. Avocados also contain more soluble fiber, which can help steady blood sugar levels. The oleic acid in avocado is associated with protecting against prostate and breast cancer. Avocados contain glutathione, a potent liver protector and powerful antioxidant to help fight free radicals in the body.  The glutathione in avocado may boost the immune system, slow the aging process, and encourage a healthy nervous system.

Avocados cleanse the intestines which can increase nutrient absorption. A study suggests when participants ate a salad that included avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that include beta carotene and lycopene) than those who do not include avocados.

As if you need another reason to add avocados to your diet, a Japanese study found that avocados contain compounds that can protect the liver from damage. When compared with 21 other fruits, avocados had the most promise in protecting the liver from galactosamine, a “powerful” toxin that has been shown to produce liver damage much like human viral hepatitis.

Add avocado to your diet with these recipes: Chocolate PuddingDairy Free Ice CreamRaw Pomegranate Cream Pie, Raw Zucchini Fudgesicles, Super Greens Dip

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