Avocado also known as alligator pear is a pear-shaped, egg-shaped, or spherical fruit that is rich in 26% Vitamin K, 20% Folate, 17% Vitamin C, 14% Vitamin B5, 13% Vitamin B6, 10% Vitamin E and of course 14% Potassium. This is including small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).
Are you wondering why it is often called “alligator pear?”. This is owing to its green, bumpy skin… which makes it like an alligator.
The yellow-green flesh inside the fruit is usually eaten, but the skin and seed are discarded.
Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.
The health benefits of Avocado is numerous and worthy of note!
Research has shown that certain compounds in avocado is able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells. It is also known to have the power to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.
Eating Avocado can help to prevent breast cancer. This owing to the fact that like olive oil, the fruit is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.
Avocado is very good for the eye. This is because it has more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit and this help to protect against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases.
Lowering Cholesterol is equally possible through continuous eating of Avocado more so as it is high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. An internet report noted that in a particular study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.
For the heart, a cup of avocado which is said to have 23% of the recommended daily value of folate is very ideal. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are therefore great for the heart.