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AVOCADO BENEFITS

Not only are Avocado’s delicious, but they are also packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that can help keep you healthy. Mellinials have been criticised over the expense of their avocado on toast breakfasts but the good health and wellbeing that they will reap from this super food that I am sure they will have the last laugh.

RICH IN POTASSIUM

Your body needs potassium to work normally. For example, the mineral helps keeps your heartbeat steady. Most people think of bananas when they think of this nutrient. But ounce for ounce, avocados have more.

GREAT FOR EYE HEALTH

Avocados have lutein and zeaxanthin, which absorb light waves that can harm your vision. People who eat lots of foods rich in these antioxidants are less likely to have age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults. Most of an avocado's antioxidants are found in the darker green flesh that's closest to the peel.

FIBRE PLUS

A half-cup of guacamole has about 6 grams, almost 1/4, of your daily fibre needs. Fibre helps you feel full, so you are less likely to overeat. And although avocados are high in fat, it's mainly healthy monounsaturated fat. Research has found that this type of fat in your diet can help trim your waistline.

PACKED WITH B VITAMINS

These green gems are packed with a variety of other B vitamins, too, including thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), and niacin (B3). These help your body convert the food you eat into energy. Avocados are especially rich in niacin, which can fight inflammation in the body and protect your arteries by improving cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

RICH IN FOLATE

In a cup of avocado slices, you'll get about 118 micrograms of folate, which is almost a third of what most adults need daily. People who don't get enough of this B vitamin could be more prone to depression -- and less likely to respond well to antidepressants. Folate also plays a role in preventing birth defects, so expectant and new mothers are encouraged to get more.

ENERGY RICH IN B VITAMINS

These green gems are packed with a variety of other B vitamins, too, including thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), and niacin (B3). These help your body convert the food you eat into energy. Avocados are especially rich in niacin, which can fight inflammation in the body and protect your arteries by improving cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

VITAMIN E PROTECTION

Avocados give you a good dose of vitamin E, which may help protect against Alzheimer's disease and slow decline in your memory and thinking skills. This may have to do with vitamin E's antioxidant properties -- it can help fight cell damage caused over time by things like pollution and radiation from the sun. On average, people eat half an avocado at a time. That gives an adult 15% of their daily vitamin K needs. This nutrient may help improve bone density and prevent fractures.

VITAMIN K - MAY IMPROVE BONE DENSITY

Half an Avocado gives an adult 15% of their daily vitamin K needs. This nutrient may help improve bone density and prevent fractures. Toss avocado pieces into a spinach salad with salmon, tuna, or egg for even more vitamin K along with vitamin D, another nutrient that's essential for bone health.

HELPS REDUCE RISK OF DIABETES

Because they're low in carbs and sugar and high in healthy fat and fibre, avocados check all the boxes as far as being friendly for someone with diabetes. If you don't have it now but are worried about the future, here's some good news: Eating a plant-based diet (that includes avocados) could drop your chance of developing type 2 diabetes by about 20%, according to a Harvard study that tracked 200,000 people for 20 years.

GREAT FOR THE SKIN

Whether you eat it or make it into a mask, avocado is great for your skin. Its antioxidants, like vitamin C, can help keep your skin looking youthful by smoothing out wrinkles. And the same nutrients that protect your eyes also protect your skin from UV damage. Avocado paste may help wound healing, so you could slather it on a sunburn.

MAY SLASH BREAST CANCER AND LEUKEMIA RISK

Avocados have oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid (also found in olive oil and nuts) that can slash the odds of breast cancer, according to a study of more than 4,000 women. And a compound in avocados called avocatin B can kill leukemia cells, according to a lab study. Scientists are even looking into whether the papery husks that surround avocado pits have anything helpful.

MAY RELEIVE PROSTATE SYMPTOMS

Beta-sitosterol, a kind of plant sterol, may help relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate. (It's part of the family of phytonutrients that help block your body from absorbing "bad" LDL cholesterol.) Avocados have more than four times as much beta-sitosterol as oranges, the next richest fruit source.

AVOCADO INCREASES ABSORBTION OF FAT-SOLUABLE VITAMINS

Certain nutrients -- like vitamins A, D, E, and K, and the antioxidant lycopene -- are fat-soluble, which means your body will absorb more of them when you eat them along with some fat. Enter the avocado, which just so happens to taste delicious with tomatoes. Try it with pink grapefruit, watermelon, or cantaloupe, too.

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