One of the most nutritive and beneficial fruits for our health is the avocado. Not only the fruit, but its seed is also very beneficial and powerful, and here is why.
The avocado seed contains more than 65 percent of the amino acids. Avocado seed is richer in fiber than many other foods.
BENEFITS OF AVOCADO SEED
1. Efficiently fights arthritis and it has anti-inflammatory effects
2. Avocado seed is also very beneficial when it comes to reduction of the inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. It is also great for treating diarrhea, and it can be used for making medicines for treating infections and stomach problems
3. Some recent studies have shown that avocado seed is excellent for rejuvenation, as it increases the level of collagen, helping you to make your skin firm and reduce wrinkles
4. It makes your immune system stronger and it helps in prevention of different diseases
5. It is also very useful for reducing body weight and burning fat, as it makes us feel fuller when we consume it
6.Supplies your body with great amount of energy and keeps you energized all day
7. This seed can be used in salads, smoothies and shakes, for preparation of tea, etc
8. Due to its high flayonol content, avocado seed prevents the growth of tumors
Keep in mind that you should consult your doctor prior to consumption of this seed and see if you have any nut or peach seed allergies.
There are people who are allergic to avocado. The allergy has two major forms: local symptoms in the mouth and throat shortly after eating avocado in people who have a tree-pollen allergy; and, symptoms like generalized urticaria, vomiting, and abdominal pain (these symptoms can sometimes even be life-threatening). The latter is known as latex-fruit syndrome, and it is linked to latex allergy.
You probably wonder how it is possible for you to use the avocado seed after you smash it with a hammer.
Historically, avocado seed extracts have been used as ink for writing and as a food dye. The seed alone represents about 1 percent of the entire fruit and should not be thrown, even though many people do exactly that.
Avocado seed contains more than 70 percent of the total antioxidant capacity of avocado.
According to a study conducted by the Pennsylvania State University, the phenolic antioxidant found in avocado seed is beneficial for reducing cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and inflammatory conditions, for boosting the immunity and for treating diabetes. They also have fungicidal, insecticidal, and antimicrobial effects.
According to Dr. Tom Wu, heart disease patients need to eat avocado and avocado seed. This doctor is the winner of the “Remarkable Contribution” award from the American Cancer Society and the “World Famous Doctor” award from the United Nations for his contributions related to treating diabetes and cancer.
Reduce Inflammation and Ease Joint Pain
Many chronic diseases are the result of inflammation, including arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and even cancer.
The seed and the skin of avocado contain great amounts of antioxidants like catechins (found in green tea) and procyandins, both anti-inflammatory and beneficial for reducing pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of joint function. These antioxidants also improve blood circulation and the heart health.
Optimal for Digestive Health
Since long ago, avocado seeds have been used in ancient South America for treating gastric ulcers, dysentery, and other digestive issues.
The health of the digestive system is crucial for the general health. Great part of the immunity comes from the bacteria in the gut and the digestive tract, as they fight pathogenic bacteria and viruses.
Avocado seeds contain fiber and antioxidants which aid the digestive system. They contain greater amount of soluble fiber than any other vegetable. By including avocado in your everyday diet you will improve your gastrointestinal tract and help it work at its best.
Destroys Cancer Cells
A research made by the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia in 2013 discovered that avocado seed extract and avocado fruit (Has variety) affect the leukemia cells pro-apoptotic, and cause them to self-destruct them, leaving the healthy ones untouched.
The phytochemical flavonol found in this seed is a powerful antioxidant that is able to reduce the growth of the tumors.
Banish Cravings and Shed Fat
Avocado seeds are loaded with fiber and thus can keep you full and satiated. Moreover, they can help you regulate the blood sugar levels. With steady overall blood glucose levels, you won’t have that many junk food cravings.
Get Radiant Glowing Skin
The seeds from avocado are ideal for your skin health. They are powerful antioxidants that can rebuild collagen, repair cell damage caused by free radicals, and improve the appearance of your skin.
Getting to the Good Stuff – How to Crack the Seed
The best thing would be if you add the seeds to a smoothie. The taste won’t be altered, the smoothie is just going to become richer and thicker.
When you crack the seed, make sure you have previously removed the seed from the fruit. But, do not pry the seed away from the fruit letting the knife slip along the seed’s smooth edges!
Advice: Cut the avocado in half and whack the knife into the avocado seed, then twist it and pull it from the flesh.
Remove the knife from the seed and take a heavy chef’s knife. Using the knife, whack the seed hard and it will split apart. After that, chop the seed into smaller pieces.
Avocado Seed Green Goddess Smoothie
- ½ Hass avocado
- ½ Hass avocado seed
- 1 cup of nut milk or water
- 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
- 1 ripe pear
- ½ apple
- Small piece of ginger, grated
Blend all ingredients together and there you have your wonderful smoothie.
Now let’s see: next time you cut your fleshy avocado full of nutrients you won’t throw the seed away, right?