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7 Reasons Why Avocado Oil is Good for Health and Beauty
There are many reasons why avocados appear on T-shirts everywhere, but they’ve been around for quite some time, with archeological evidence dating back to almost 10,000 years in Central Mexico, where humans gathered and ate wild avocados. About 5000 years ago, the cultivation of avocados began when mesoamerican tribes like the Inca, the Olmec and the Maya grew domesticated avocado trees.
During the Spanish Conquest, Spanish explorers became the first europeans to eat avocados.The Spanish brought avocados back to Europe from Mexico and its neighbouring countries where the avocado had already been brought to. When the avocado hit Europe, this included England!
Today, we enjoy the avocado where it’s become as popular as ever and is praised for its many evidence-based health benefits. Avocados are known to contain more potassium than bananas, nourish the body with monounsaturated fats and B vitamins and have a high fibre content.
This article will explain exactly why avocados are so impressive, and why you should include avocado oil in your diet every day!
What Makes Avocados So Impressive?
Their dense nutritional profile. The USDA National Nutrient Database tells us all the nutrients that avocados are loaded with.
The list includes: calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, riboflavin, sodium, thiamin, niacin, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, alpha and beta-carotene and lutein.
This green goddess of a fruit is incredibly versatile. You can cut it into chunks for a salad, make fresh guacemole, cook with its oil and also use it in salad dressings. If you struggle to find time for adequate nutrition in your diet, you can simply take the oil with a spoon, alongside any other supplements you may be taking, as healthy fats improve the absorption of nutrients in the body.
So, here are the reasons to include avocado oil in your diet…
1. May promote energy levels and fight fatigue.
Avocado is rich in B vitamins which are essential for energy production and control the stress repsonse in the body, helping to support stress-related fatigue. Avocados contain more protein than any other fruit, which makes them a great source of energy. The healthy fats in avocados have been shown to promote optimal blood fat levels whilst enhancing the absorption of nutrients. As they can be stored in the body, they can be used as energy sources.
2. May assist with weight management.
As avocados have less sugar than another fruit, it’s a great option to get in one of your five a day, and all of its important nutrients. Research suggests that avocados can help maintain a healthy weight and with the control of blood sugar levels.
3. May slow the aging process down.
Consuming avocado oil helps to protect against free radical damage that can cause accelerated aging. Countless studies show avocado’s beneficial effects on the skin and increasing its elasticity whilst also indicating avocado’s ability to reverse degenerative skin changes by boosting the production of collagen.
4. May lower risk of depression.
Avocado has a high-folate content which may help lower the risks of depression. This is because folate prevents homocysteine, a substance that can impede circulation and getting nutrients to the brain. When the body has high levels of homocysteine, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine production is effected. These can help regulate appetite, mood and sleep, so eating enough folate is a good thing to keep these hormones and neurotransmitters in check.
5. May reduce inflammation in the body.
Avocados are rich in oleic acid, a fatty acid that has been shown to decrease particular biomarkers of inflammation.Many studies have been able to prove this, including one by the Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA, where researchers found that adding the Hass variety of avocado to hamburger meat can help lower the effects of inflammation of the food. Inflammation is known to be a major component of disease and illness, so eating as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible is recommended.
6. May promote the production of collagen.
When avocado oil is applied topically, it will trigger the skin to produce collagen, the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues. This keeps the skin firm, plump and smooth whilst fighting the signs of fine lines and wrinkles.
7. May improve heart health and lower cholesterol.
Its cholesterol-lowering oleic acid content can potentially benefit heart health. Oleic acid is an omega-9 fatty acid that raises levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is the body’s good cholesterol. It can also lower levels of low-density lipoprotein, also known as bad cholesterol, so this is another reason to include avocado oil in your daily diet.
Do you love this nutty, nutritious oil as much as we do? We would love to hear from you!
Written by Jess Burman
BA (Honours) Writing