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10 Health Benefits of Avocados

Last updated on April 22, 2008

10 Health Benefits of AvocadoHere are ten health benefits of avocados that may just make you want to do like I do and eat an avocado a day:

Prostate Cancer Prevention
Avocados have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.

Oral Cancer Defense
Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells.

Breast Cancer Protection
Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.

Eye Health
Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases.

Lower Cholesterol
Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. In one study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.

Heart Health
One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.

Stroke Prevention
The high levels of folate in avocado are also protective against strokes. People who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower risk of stroke than those who don’t.

Better Nutrient Absorption
Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado. In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn’t include avocados.

Glutathione Source
Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease.

Vitamin E Powerhouse
Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health.

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13 Comments on "10 Health Benefits of Avocados"

3 years 1 month ago

Hello, I just starting using Avocado and I took the seed out and took out the Avocado with a spoon and put it in my chopper and bought some light sour cream added a little extra vrigin olive oil and put a garlic clove in there and chopped it up to where it was consistency of Mayo and I have had to start watching what I eat have some weight to lose and I did not know the benefits of Avocados so I am glad I looked it up the doctor has me on glucophage and my cholesterol is high so this is going to benefit me I eat lettuce wraps with chicken or use can have a hamburger with just lettuce and I take the enough of lettuce that will wrap around the cooked meat I sometimes use sandwich meat also then I spread the Avocado spread I made on the lettuce leaves and then put a couple of baby spinach leaves and then the 2% slice of cheese and then the meat and then wrap it and eat it is delicious ! hope you try it !

3 years 3 months ago

The studies are very true for all vegetables, vegetables can cure cancer, there have been many cases of cancer cured from simply switching to a strictly vegetable die. I encourage people to research this topic I promise you will be simply amazed at the importance of eating health and juicing. Y should the be medication when vegetables can cure cancer. Cancer is caused by mal nutrition, wich is a big problem with society. Health changes lives we shouldn’t have to worry about getting sick any more vegetable juicing is the first healthy step, in order to be healthy again we must detoxify our body’s askyou nutritionists and doctor before doing this and I encourage people to research vestibule juicing there are plenty of videos that can inform you about this wonderful thing, I hope good health to you Alaska and god bless

3 years 3 months ago

me 2!!! guacamole yeeeee

3 years 5 months ago

Great article. I didn’t know avocado was so nutritious! I will use more of them!

Rod Collins
3 years 10 months ago

I have been eating avocado’s for many years in fact it is my favorite fruit, in spite of the fat content and as long as you don’t dress it up with lots mayo it goes with almost any kind of food.

3 years 11 months ago

Now i know the health benefits of avocado. I always eat this fruit when i was a kid and don’t know the health benefits. Avocados really have many benefits.

3 years 11 months ago

At least, i take in one avocado every two days and for the past three months i can feel a significant increase with regards to the distance i run as a sportsman.

3 years 11 months ago

At least, i take in one avocado every two days and for the past three months i can feel a significant increase with regards to the distance i run as a sportsman.

3 years 11 months ago

I never ate avocado. I read in your post that it has a lot of benefits. So I’ll buy one avocado to eat it 😉

4 years 2 months ago

I like to eat avocados.