Avocados are everywhere these days, to the point that they even had their own Super Bowl commercial this year. The ad itself was a little too weird for me, but I cannot deny the deliciousness of avocados. I was fortunate enough to grow up traveling a lot because of my dad’s job, but I didn’t have my first encounter with avocados until I moved to Venezuela in high school. It was love at first bite.
With their rich, creamy texture and mild flavor that adapts to whatever they’re used with, avocados are pretty much perfect on everything: tacos, rice and beans, burgers, and even served up in a sweet smoothie. Maybe it’s just me, but it feels as if over the last 10-15 years, avocados have gone from being mostly a Mexico/California thing to being beloved by the masses just about everywhere.
1. This seed is very useful and beneficial in treating arthritis, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
2. The anti-inflammatory properties make this fruit useful in reducing inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.
3. Avocado seed is useful in the treatment of diarrhea and is often used for infections and stomach problems.
4. A recent study has found that the avocado seed can tighten and rejuvenate the skin, because of its collagen content.
5. This seed will energize your body and provide enough energy for your daily tasks.
6. The avocado seed can prevent cancer, as it is loaded with flavanols.
Note: You can add this seed to your favorite salads, smoothies, milkshakes or you can make a tea with it.
There are people who are allergic to avocado. The allergy has two major forms: local symptoms in the mouth and throat shortly after eating avocado in people who have a tree-pollen allergy; and, symptoms like generalized urticaria, vomiting, and abdominal pain (these symptoms can sometimes even be life-threatening).
The latter is known as latex-fruit syndrome, and it is linked to latex allergy. You probably wonder how it is possible for you to use the avocado seed after you smash it with a hammer.
Historically, avocado seed extracts have been used as ink for writing and as a food dye. The seed alone represents about 1 percent of the entire fruit and should not be thrown, even though many people do exactly that.
Avocado seed contains more than 70 percent of the total antioxidant capacity of avocado.
According to a study conducted by the Pennsylvania State University, the phenolic antioxidant found in avocado seed is beneficial for reducing cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and inflammatory conditions, for boosting the immunity and for treating diabetes.
They also have fungicidal, insecticidal, and antimicrobial effects.
According to Dr. Tom Wu, heart disease patients need to eat avocado and avocado seed. This doctor is the winner of the “Remarkable Contribution” award from the American Cancer Society and the “World Famous Doctor” award from the United Nations for his contributions related to treating diabetes and cancer.
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.
Avocado seeds and skins contain higher levels of antioxidants such as catechins (also found in green tea) and procyandins that act as anti-inflammatories, reduce pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of joint function. These two antioxidants also improve heart health and blood circulation.
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.
The antioxidants and fiber found in avocado seeds are great for your digestive system. An avocado seed contains more soluble fiber per ounce than almost any other vegetable; your GI tract will thank you for adding avocado seeds to your daily diet and perform at its prime.
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.
The seeds also contain a phytochemical known as flavonol, which is a potent antioxidant that can reduce tumor growth.
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.
Getting to the Good Stuff – How to Crack the Seed
The easiest way to get the benefits of avocado seeds is to add them to a smoothie. It won’t affect the taste and makes it a little bit richer and thicker.
First things first, be careful when using a knife to remove the seed from the fruit. Don’t try to pry the seed away from the fruit and let your knife slip along the seeds smooth edges!
Avocado Seed Green Goddess Smoothie
– ½ Hass avocado
– ½ Hass avocado seed
– 1 cup of nut milk or water
– 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
– 1 ripe pear
– ½ apple
– Small piece of ginger, grated
Blend all ingredients together and there you have your wonderful smoothie.