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The Miracle Of The Avocado
Posted by Daniel Hegedus on 22 January 2014 01:30 PM


The Miracle of the Avocado

Oral Cancer Defense
Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous

and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming the healthy cells.

Breast Cancer Protection
Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.

Eye Health
Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit.

Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases.

Lower Cholesterol
Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels.

In one study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.

Heart Health
One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t, along with a higher rate of healthy babies.

The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.

Stroke Prevention
The high levels of folate in avocado are also protective against strokes.

People who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower risk of stroke than those who don’t.

Better Nutrient Absorption

Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado.

In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn’t include avocados.

Glutathione Source
Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease.

Vitamin E Powerhouse
Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintain overall health.
1 avocado a day keeps doctors away. 2 avocados keep doctors and disease away.
There are another 100 food miracles that heal and allow the light to shine from us.
Avocado is just one and specifically:
1. Avocados contain the 18 amino acids required to form complete protein that is used more efficiently by the body than proteins found in meat.

2. Avocados contain more natural fiber than any other fruit, and this high fiber content aids in the buffer of dietary and metabolic acids and total bodily absorption of nutrients.

3. Healthy fats found in avocados raise “good” cholesterol (HDL) while lowering “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides by 20%.

4. Avocados contain 35% more potassium than a banana does.

Potassium is important because it regulates blood pressure and maintains the alkaline design of the body's fluids.

5. Avocados provide the lutein necessary to protect you from age-related eye degeneration and reproductive cancers.

6. The anti-inflammatory or anti-acid properties of avocados prevent and/or treat rheumatoid arthritis.

7. Sufficient amounts of oleic acid improve your cardiovascular system and protect against prostate and breast cancer.

8. Vitamin B6 and folic acid control homocysteine levels – high quantities of homocysteine are linked to an increased risk of death from heart disease.

9. Glutathione boosts your body’s immune system, keeps your nervous system healthy and is a powerful antioxidant for reducing and eliminating dietary and metabolic acids.

10. Avocados are alkalizing to the blood and tissues.

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