They are green, dark brown or purple in color, the flesh is as soft as butter (if ripe) and the shape is best comparable to a pear. Of course we are talking about avocados! This fruit (botanically seen) comes from Central America and is not only known for its delicious taste, but also for its numerous health benefits.
Contain a lot of carotenoids
Avocados contain many nutrients, of which carotenoids are the most important. Well-known carotenoids are beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein. These nutrients contain a lot of vitamin A, which is good for the health of your eyes. In addition, carotenoids also stimulate the functioning of the immune system.
Good for cholesterol
As you may already know, there are two types of cholesterol: the good (HDL) and the bad (LDL). Bad cholesterol can cause great damage to your blood vessels and vital organs if you do nothing about it. The main culprits are mainly fatty food and sugar. With the good fats from the avocados you can increase your HDL cholesterol level, so that your body is protected against the harmful effects of free radicals. This type of cholesterol also helps prevent diabetes by regulating triglyceride (fatty acid) levels.
Help with weight loss
If you try to lose weight, avocados can help with that. Although they are high in calories, they are rich in fiber, which is known to fill your stomach and make you feel full for a longer period of time. Research from the Loma Lina University, for example, showed that by adding half an avocado to lunch, you get a saturated feeling more quickly, so that you eat a lesser large portion. In addition, fiber is essential for the health of the immune system, especially the soluble ones, because they help your body break down carbohydrates.
Millions of people around the world suffer from high blood pressure. Unfortunately, the symptoms are often ignored, which can lead to major damage to the heart, veins and arteries. Avocados can help lower blood pressure naturally, because they are rich in potassium and magnesium – two essential substances for treating high blood pressure.
Good for the brain
For the brain it is important that the blood flows properly through the body. If you suffer from lesser blood circulation, avocados can help with that, even though they contain a lot of unsaturated fats and have a high calorie index. Older people in particular are advised to eat avocados more often to improve their cognitive skills.
The combination of different nutrients in avocados provides a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. Vitamins C and E, carotenoids, selenium, zinc and phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids protect against inflammation.