The Amazing Benefits of Avocados
An avocado is a commercially valuable fruit, cultivated mainly in tropical climates, and sometimes in more temperate climates like California.
It is a green fruit that has the shape of a pear. Technically, an avocado is a large berry with a large seed at its center. It has been discovered that this not only has a great taste but also comes with a decent amount of health benefits.
One of the main reasons as to why one should consider eating an avocado is their high fiber content. An avocado has both soluble and insoluble fiber which makes it very powerful. Not many fruits contain both kinds of fiber. It contains about 30 percent soluble fiber and 70 percent insoluble fiber.
The soluble fiber is perfect for controlling your appetite. It makes you feel full, since it turns into a gel that sits in your stomach for some time especially when it comes into contact with water. The insoluble fiber is great a cleaning the bowel by increasing bowel movement. It, therefore, reduces the chances of getting constipated and colorectal cancer since the colon is cleaned effectively.
Vitamins A, B, C, E and K are the second amazing benefits you will find in an avocado. Vitamin B helps your body with metabolism and maintaining a healthy skin. Vitamin K ensures that your bones grow properly and their density is maintained later in life.
Sexual Health and Fertility
Avocados are rich in folic acids and vitamin B6 which regulate the functions of sexual hormones. Potassium and vitamin B6 boost production of testosterone in men.
The healthy fats present in avocados keep the heart beating strong, ensuring that blood flows to the right places.
This fruit was used as an aphrodisiac by the Mayans and the Aztecs used it as a fertility fruit. The Aztecs would lock up their virgins to keep them safe from farmer who were sexually aroused after eating too many avocados.
One may be surprised that a fruit that has high levels of calories and fat would be considered good for losing weight. But research has shown that fatty acids are more likely to be used as slow burning energy. The slow burning energy and the satisfied fullness that one gets from eating an avocado are the reason for reduced appetite and hunger.
Research shows that those who take a fresh avocado with their lunch have 30 percent less chances of getting hungry three hours after taking lunch.
Protecting Unborn Babies
One avocado provides a third of the daily recommended intake of folate. Folate helps in the formation of the unborn babies’ brain and the nervous system. The USDA recommends this fruit as one of the best sources of the nutrient required during pregnancy.
It is also good for new-born babies’ growth and development.
The other many benefits include healthier skin, prevention of serious health problems like diabetes and heart problems.ca
The above reasons are more than enough to look for one of the healthiest fruits next time you go for shopping.
By Jessica Cranwell
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