Five reasons why you should eat avacado!

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

Last Updated: Jun 07, 2016, 10:06 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Avocado or alligator pear is a large berry containing a single seed. They are considered as one of the healthiest food in the world. One should include this food in their daily diet to lead a healthy lifestyle. The food also contains many nutrients and health benefits in it.

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.

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 contains rich source of carotenoid lutein, which helps protect against the age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Reduces strokes risk

Because of the high level of folate in avacado, it protects against stroke. 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.