8 Astonishing Benefits Of Avocados

Avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food that contain many vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Numerous studies show that it has powerful beneficial effects on health, and here are some of those benefits:


1. Lower Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke & Diabetes

Eating avocados help regulate hormones associated with risk factors for diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Plus, people who regularly consumed avocados had a more balanced diet with higher intakes of vegetables and fruit, and lower intakes of added sugars. (1)

2. Better Heart Health

Avocados contain monounsaturated fats (MUFAs), which are known to block the hardening of the arteries. They also contain high levels of magnesium, potassium, beta-sitosterol compounds and fiber, which have been found to help reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure. (2)

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3. Healthier Skin, Eyes & Hair

Avocados support glowing skin, bright eyes and shiny hair because of their rich fat-soluble vitamins and monounsaturated fats. Research has found that avocados can decrease certain cancers of the skin and eye disorders like macular degeneration. (3)

4. Inhibit Cancer

Researchers for the Journal of Nutrition and Cancer found the phytochemicals in avocados could prevent the use of chemotherapy in people with oral cancer. (4) It is believed that avocados offer better protection against chronic diseases because of their ability to lower inflammation. (5)

5. Aid Weight Loss

Avocados can make you feel full faster due to the high amounts of healthy fats, and help you eat less overall. One reason increasing MUFAs is related to better weight management is because you’ll be able to last longer between meals without getting hungry. (6)

6. Protection From Insulin Resistance & Diabetes

Eating foods that are high in MUFAs improve insulin sensitivity, regulates glucose levels, mediates blood pressure, and promotes healthy blood lipid profiles. The ingestion of a MUFA-dense food can help decrease glucose and insulin concentrations for hours compared with carbohydrate-rich meals. (7)

7. Improve Hormonal Balance

Your moods are benefits when you eat enough healthy fats (like avocados). Higher-fat diets may lower depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders because they assist proper thought-processing, hormone-production and stress reduction mechanisms occurring inside the brain. (8)

8. Improved Digestive Health

Avocados are one of the best fruit sources of fiber and can offer 9-17 grams of fiber depending on the size. Fiber also helps add bulk to stool, pull waste and toxins through the intestines and colon, and makes it easier to go to the bathroom. (9)

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