Five health benefits of Avocado

Avocado or alligator pear is a large berry containing a single seed.

By Irengbam Jenny | Updated: Sep 14, 2014, 12:52 PM IST

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Avocado or alligator pear is a large berry containing a single seed.

They have a green-skinned, fleshy body that may be pear-shaped, egg-shaped, or spherical.

It is also considered as one of the healthiest food in the planet because they contain 25 essential nutrients, including vitamin A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, phosporus, magnesium, and potassium.

Avocados also contain fiber, protein and several beneficial phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein, which may protect against various disease and illness.

Here are some health benefits of Avacado:

Maintains a healthy heart:

Avocado contains vitamin B6 and folic acid which helps in regulating homocysteine levels. High level of homocysteine is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

It also contains vitamin E, glutathione, and monounsaturated fat, which helps in maintaining a healthy heart.

Lowers cholesterol levels:

They are rich in a compound called beta-sitosterol which has been shown to be effective in lowering blood cholesterol levels.

Good for eyes:

Avocado is good for eyes as it is an excellent source of carotenoid lutein, which helps protect against the age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Reduces strokes risk:

Avacado protects against stroke because of the high level of folate in it. It is shown that individuals who ate a diet rich in folate had a lower risk of stroke than those who did not.

Good for skin:

The avocado oil is good for skin and added in many cosmetics because of its ability to nourish the skin. It also makes your skin glow and helps in treating psoriasis, a skin disease that causes skin redness and irritation.