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Benefits of Avocados

Avocados

Avocados are really one of the many super foods which offer multiple health benefits. They are rich in vitamins,minerals, fibers, antioxidants and much more. Avocados help in maintaining cholesterol, cellular health, skin health and helps in preventing certain cancers.

Vitamins

Avocados are a rich source of vitamins. 100gms of avocados contains 1.5 mg of Vitamin B5, 0.4 mgs of Vitamin B6 and 120 mcg folic acid. Folic acid helps in preventing certain types of cancers and helps in cellular health.

Avocados are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E. A cup of avocado contains around 15 mg of Vitamin C and around 3 mg of Vitamin E. Vitamin C protects us from heart disease, improve circulation, boost your immunity and enhance collagen production for beautiful skin. .Read more about Vitamin C rich foods.

Vitamin E helps in improving the cardiovascular health and skin health.Vitamin K  present in avocados helps in blood clotting, building healthy bones and proper calcium metabolism.

 

Nutrient content of avocados

Fats

Avocados are rich source of monounsaturated oleic acid. 100 grams of avocado contains around 15 grams of fat. This monounsaturated oleic acid helps reduce high levels of LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of heart diseases. Avocado oil is a much better source for monounsaturated oleic acid. Monounsaturated oleic acid acts as an energy source rather than stored fat.

Read more about food items which can help you reduce cholesterol.

Antioxidants

Most of the carotenoids are present below the avocado skin. Antioxidants present in avocados provide important protection for body cells from free-radical damage. This prevents the signs of aging and cancer. Avocado contains carotenoids such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, chrysanthemaxanthin, violaxanthin, neoxanthin and neochrome. Avocados are also rich in Lutein and zeaxanthin which are good for eyes.

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Fiber

One cup of avocados contains around 8 grams of fiber. The insoluble fiber helps in improving the digestion whereas the soluble fiber helps in  regulating blood sugar and lowering cholesterol.

Minerals

Avocados are good source of copper, potassium, manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iodine, calcium and iron.

Phytosterols

Phytosterols, present in avocados, help reduce high cholesterol levels.They also prevent arthritis and heart disease. Phytosterols also helps in improving the immunity of the body.

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Avocados are also good for liver health. Read more.

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