I love avocados and I eat them on a weekly basis, they are part of my eating programs…with that said I read the other day that there are several other benefits that avocados provide than a great nutritious food.
The seed has huge health benefits also, the seed is a great source of bioactive phytochemicals. It contains fatty acids, triterpenes, phytosterols, and glucosides from abscisic acid. The avocado seed also contains 70% of the avocado’s antioxidant content. The antioxidant phytochemicals in avocado seeds include proanthocyanidins and flavonols. The avocado seed is also considered one of the best sources of soluble fiber. In a 2013 study published in the Scientific World Journal, researchers concluded that avocado seed extract was safe and it did not show any toxicity.
So what are the health benefits of avocado seeds?
They can helps fight cancer…it has been found that extract from avocado fruit and seeds caused leukemia cells to self-destruct
There are benefits for heart disease patients…researchers also suggested that avocado seeds could offer protection against arterial plaque formation
They are a benefit for hypertension and diabetes as they help fight inflammation
Eating avocado seeds can also help with digestion. The antioxidants and fiber found in the avocado seed are beneficial for digestion.
They can strengthen the immune system as they… contain greater antioxidant levels, including procyandins and catehchins.
They helps reduce wrinkles…there are recipes for avocado facials and your high end spas use avocados in many spa treatments with great results, and now we see that the seed can even do more… Evidence shows that avocado seed oil can increase collagen in the skin, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Avocado seed oil is also used to treat acne flare-ups.
How to Extract the Avocado Seed
Cut the avocado by slicing around the pit in order to cleanly remove the seed.
Insert your knife tip into the pit, twist, and gently pull.
Finally, remove the avocado seed from the knife.
Simply put the avocado seed into a plastic bag and then crush it with a hammer (or a blunt object).
Combine the crushed seed with your favorite smoothie ingredients, such as dates, a banana, and dark leafy green vegetables, like spinach. If you have a high-powered blender, you may not need to smash the seed first, but you will need to add water.
Recipe for the Perfect Avocado Seed Green Goodness Smoothie
1/2 avocado seed
1 cup of almond milk or water
1 ripe pear
1 cup of organic spinach
1 small piece of ginger (grated)
Smash the seed, blend all of the ingredients together until smooth, and enjoy your avocado seed green goddess smoothie!
I have not tried this recipe as I don’t have a high powered blender, so will have to wait until I have a full fledged equipped kitchen…giggles