Do you enjoy the silky texture of avocado or does the green inside turn you off immediately?
I once was afraid to indulge in avocados. They didn’t look appetizing, and I’d turn my nose up whenever I was faced with its green appearance.
Until one day, I tried a delicious and healthy recipe for guacamole. I’ve been hooked on avocados ever since.
But I was thrilled when I discovered all of the health benefits of incorporating avocados into my diet. If you’re on the fence about avocados, or if you love them and want to feel even better for consuming them, you’ve come to the right place.
I’m going to share with you the many health benefits avocados hold. Here’s how avocados can help your health:
1. Boosts Digestive Health
Is your system feeling irregular? It can be miserable when your body is not emptying itself like it needs to. Don’t reach for
Instead, incorporate some avocado into your diet. It’s high in fiber and great for boosting your digestive health naturally.
2. A Natural Detox
Our bodies are set-up to use as much of anything we put into it as it can, but the rest is meant to be discarded as waste.
As mentioned above, avocado is high in fiber and is a great natural detox for this reason alone. It does a great job of ridding our bodies of anything unnecessary.
3. Lowers Blood Pressure
Is your blood pressure running high? Are you on medicine to lower it? You may have a natural option to help lower your blood pressure (along with the medicine you’re currently taking.)
Avocados do wonders for lowering your blood pressure. Because they contain many positive vitamins and nutrients, your body should get what it needs to not have to work as hard to pump blood throughout your body.
4. Great Source of Potassium
Potassium is a nutrient our bodies need. We usually look to bananas or tomatoes as a natural source for it.
Yet, avocados contain on average 6% of our daily need for potassium in only one avocado. You can eat less and get more of what you need.
5. Very Nutritious
At this point, we know avocados are high in potassium and fiber, but they also contain many other important nutrients.
Avocados are high in vitamin C, K, B, E, and A. We need all of these for our bodies to function properly and remain at optimal health.
6. Great Source of Dietary Fiber
I’ve discussed previously how avocados are high in fiber and can help with digestive health and detoxing. Yet, the fiber does much more than this.
Increasing your dietary fiber can reduce your risk of developing heart disease, becoming obese, or developing type two diabetes. Getting enough fiber is important to your health.
7. High in Monosaturated Fats
There was a time when all fat was thought to be the enemy, but over time we’re realizing there are healthy fats and non-healthy fats.
It’s important to incorporate healthy fats into our diets. Avocados are a great source of healthy fats. Couple this with the high amount of fiber, and it could help you lose weight because avocados keep you feeling full longer.
8. Could It Fight Cancer?
We all know someone who has or is battling cancer. It’s becoming a dearer subject to each one of us because it’s impacting us all, and we don’t know who will be diagnosed with it next.
But avocados are thought to be part of the solution. Scientists are finding the phytochemicals in avocados are able to contain cancerous and precancerous cells to stop cancer from spreading.
9. Helps with Pregnancy
If you’ve been pregnant in the last decade, you were probably told to take a prenatal vitamin which was high in folic acid (which is the synthetic version of Vitamin B9.)
Folate (which is the natural version of Vitamin B9) is known for encouraging a healthy pregnancy. It is also thought to reduce the
10. A Natural Treatment
Do you struggle with osteoporosis or arthritis? It can be painful to struggle with these diseases which is why you should eat more avocados.
Avocados are thought to be able to help both of these illnesses because of the high amounts of vitamins and nutrients. Vitamin K is great for your bones and avocado is high in Vitamin K.
11. Food Poisoning…Yuck!
If you’ve ever had food poisoning, you know it’s no fun. Yet, scientists are discovering avocados could help people overcome food poisoning.
It’s thought avocados have an antimicrobial effect. Therefore, it can fight off the microbe which developed in the food and made you sick.
12. Great for a Low-Carb Diet
I’m currently on a low-carb diet. My doctor says it’s the healthiest diet for me, and I’m taking her advice. Yet, low-carb diets get boring quickly.
Which is why I love how low-carb avocados are. They’re great for guacamole and desserts, but they only contain three carbohydrates and less than one gram of sugar.
13. I See, I See
When I was growing up, the only vegetable you ever heard as being good for your eyes was the carrot. The carrot was recently bumped.
Avocados is where it’s at for eye health. They contain phytochemicals which serve as an antioxidant for the eye muscles. All in all, it can improve and protect your eye health.
14. Feel It in Your Bones
I mentioned above how it’s believed that avocados can help treat or ease the pain of osteoporosis. It can help prevent it too.
Because avocados are high in Vitamin K, they’re great for your bones. We usually only hear about calcium and Vitamin D when it comes to bone health, but Vitamin K is a big player in healthy bones too.
15. Just Say No to Cancer
How many times have we heard the phrase, “Cancer Sucks!” It’s true, especially if you’ve lost someone you loved to it, or you’ve watched a loved one suffer from it.
If you’re concerned about developing cancer, consider adding avocado to your diet. It’s high in folate which is thought to protect cells from mutating which is what forms cancer.
16. Give Depression the Boot
We all go through slumps in our mental health, but some people get depressed and have a difficult time getting out of the pit.
Again, because avocado is high in folate, it’s thought to be a natural depression fighter. It may not replace any medicines your doctor has prescribed, but it may aide them.
17. Healthy Hair
Are you looking for healthier hair? It may sound strange, but consider coating your hair in creamy avocado.
The vitamins and nutrients which are good for the inside of your body, are also great for your hair. It’s a wonderful natural hair conditioner.
See our post on Avocado Uses for marvelous ways to use this fruit.
18. Balancing Act
If you feel like your hormones and brain are all over the place, join the crowd. Many people struggle with mental illness and unbalanced hormones this day in age.
Don’t be ashamed about it and be sure to speak with your doctor, but also add avocado to your diet. The fatty acids in the avocado are thought to help balance out your brain and your hormones.
You now have 18 new reasons to indulge in avocados every time you get the chance. They’re great for your health and scientists are still studying to find out how many additional ways they can help our overall health.
Whether you like avocado on toast, guacamole on your chips, or if you enjoy eating them plain, avocadoes benefit your health and are one item you can include in your diet without guilt.