The avocado (Persea Americana) is an evergreen tree. During the fruit season, you will find this tree full of flowers. But, only 0.1% of the flowers become fruit. This fruit is already in the Guinness Book of Records as “the most nutritious fruit known to man.”

This fruit may have originated in West Africa. But some say it is native to Mesoamerica. Whatever it is, this tree has now spread to South & North America, Europe, Asia.

A Fruit as well as a Medicine

Everyone considers Avocado to be a fruit. Yes. That is right. Anyway, medical professionals and nutritionists have now found this fruit is a medicine too.

This medicinal fruit contains omega-3, tryptophan, and folate. Omega 3 is very important to fight against inflammation in the brain. These three elements enhance brain’s neurotransmitters. So, avocado is a depression fighting food.

What is depression? In short, depression is a mental sickness reducing physical and mental activity. This may be temporary.  But severe cases cause health hazards such as committing suicide.

Avacado for Depression

Figure 2 Depression is dangerous. It makes you sick and make others worry.

Don’t Forget the Vitamins and Minerals!

Avocado is full of high nutrients. It also has a good flavor. Most importantly this great fruit can give us a large number of nutrients. Following are the different types of vitamins and minerals you get from this fruit:

Vitamin K 26% of the daily value (DV)
Vitamin E 10% of the DV
Vitamin B5 14% of the DV
Vitamin B6 13% of the DV
Folate 20% of the DV
Vitamin C 17% of the DV
Potassium 14% of the DV

In addition to these, you can get small amounts of Vitamin A, niacin (B3), riboflavin (B2), thiamine (B1), zinc, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorous. Avocado is a low carb fruit.

Let’s take a 100-gram (3.5 ounce) fruit. This will give you only 160 calories, 15 grams of hygienic fats and two grams of protein. It contains 9 grams of carbohydrates.  But these 9 grams are controlled by 7 grams of fiber. So, carb does not affect you negatively.

Banana or Avocado?

Potassium is an essential nutrient. But most people don’t get enough of it. You need this nutrient to regulate electrical gradients in your body cells. Also, it serves different important functions for you.

100 grams (or 3.5 ounce) of avocados will contain very high potassium and this is 14% of the daily required amount or recommended daily allowance (RDA). Compared to 10% in bananas, this serving of avocado has higher potassium than bananas.

Research indicates that high potassium intake leads to reduced blood pressure.  Blood pressure is a major risk factor in causing heart attacks, kidney failure and strokes.

Banana or Avacado

Figure 3 What do you think is better? Avocado or Banana?

Do You Know Avocado is Good or Bad for the Heart?

This fruit is a high fat food. From 50g or one third medium sized avocado, you can get 5 grams of monounsaturated fat.  Over 75% of the fat found in this fruit is good unsaturated type.

This is the only fruit that includes both good monounsaturated fat and polyunsurated fat. But most of the fat found in avocado is oleic acid. Oleic acid is a type of monounsaturated acid. This acid is the major component in olive oil, believed to be one of the healthy oils.

This oleic acid is considered to be effective in reducing inflammation and reducing the risk of cancer. Also, you can extract oil from avocado and use as a safe cooking oil.

Is Avocado a Fiber-rich Fruit?

Avocado is rich in fiber. As you know, fiber has many health benefits. The most common use is that it facilitates easy bowel movement.

Fiber in avocados can help lose weight and lower high blood sugar levels. Not only these, avocado lowers the risk of many diseases.

Fiber consists of two types; soluble fiber and non-soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is always friendly with gut bacteria in your intestine. These bacteria are much needed for optimal function of human body.

There are about 25% of these fiber in avocado is soluble and 75% is non-soluble.

Avacado help you to feel comfortable in toilet

Figure 4 Make toilet thing a comfort for you for daily routine.

A 100-gram serving of avocado will contain about 7 grams of fiber. This is 27% of the regular daily requirement for a healthy living. So, you will feel comfortable in the toilet.

Avocados Good for the Heart?

Do you know what is the most common cause of death in the world? It is none other than coronary heart disease. Cholesterol, inflammatory markers, triglycerides, blood pressure and different other conditions are related to this disease.

Avacado good for heart

According to a recent survey, meals made with avocado suppress hunger, gives you the satisfaction of full stomach. And so, avocado keeps you healthy.

This healthy fruit will also give you the following benefits:

  • It can lower your total cholesterol levels significantly.
  • It can reduce triglycerides in your blood up to 20% approximately.
  • It can lower LDL cholesterol up to 22%
  • It can increase the good cholesterol (HDL) by 11% approximately.

Can We Eat Avocado and Stay Fit?

These results are impressive. But researchers still go on with human studies. And in the long term, more impressive results and conclusions will be available.

One study has concluded that one avocado a day increases plasma antioxidants and decreases obesity in adults. Obesity after all may have a direct link with various types of diseases such as diabetes and heart attack.

What we gather from this study is that avocado consumers were healthier than those who did not eat this fruit.

Avacado Good Source of Vitamins

Figure 5 Avocado full of vitamins and minerals for a healthy life.

Easily Absorb Nutrients from Plant Foods

Mere nutrients of food you eat won’t be of no use. They should be thoroughly absorbed into your body. Fat content of avocado is believed to be able to do this for you.

Some nutrients like Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble, which also contain antioxidants. It is said that avocado fat enhances the easy digestion and absorption of these fat-soluble nutrients.

You see! This fruit is not only highly nutritious, but it can also help increase the value of other plant foods that we eat.

Without the use of a healthy fat source with vegetables you eat, a lot of beneficial nutrients of other plant foods will be just a waste.

So, make avocado consumption a part of your valuable life!