The many health benefits of avocados

Studies have confirmed that avocados contain a hearty dose of important nutrients, such as fiber, good fats, potassium, and vitamin K. That’s why there are several avocado benefits, with research suggesting that avocados could help enhance heart health, boost weight loss and keep your digestive tract running smoothly.

The fruit contains some omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, choline, betaine, calcium, and selenium. Also, avocados are loaded with diverse nutrients which are absent in our modern-day diets such as magnesium, B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and folate. For instance, half of an avocado contains 10% of the daily value (DV) for potassium. Potassium is important for hypertensive patients. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

According to a study from 2009, the phytochemicals in avocados are so powerful that they could help kill off oral cancer cells. Another study (from 2011) found that phytochemicals extracted from avocados help induce cell cycle arrest, inhibit growth and promote apoptosis in precancerous and cancer cell lines.

Other studies have confirmed that frequent eating of avocados could protect against heart disease. This contradicts the many perceptions of people who think that the color or the fat content in avocados, raise cholesterol level and increases our risk of heart disease.

Source: myjoyonline.com


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