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5 Surprising Health Benefits Of Avocado


Avocados have gained a lot of popularity over the past few years, as restaurants are putting the green fruit on almost every food possible. While some may be sick of seeing avocados everywhere, they actually have some amazing health benefits you may not know about! Continue reading to learn about a few of the surprising benefits of the delicious avocado.

Heart Healthy

Avocados are a full of healthy and essential fats, as well heart-healthy fiber. Avocado fiber reduces blood pressure and balances cholesterol levels while improving the body’s sensitivity to insulin. They also have a lot of potassium, which lowers blood pressure and is essential for normal heart function. People with high blood pressure can benefit from potassium, as it lowers the risk of strokes by almost 25 percent.

Satisfies Hunger

As mentioned above, avocados are full of heart-healthy fiber. In fact, one cup of avocado contains 40 percent of your daily dietary fiber, which can help satisfy your hunger and keep you feeling full for longer. The fruit contains soluble and insoluble fiber, which are both important for keeping your digestive system functioning properly.

Packed With Nutrients

Avocados are also packed with 20 vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin C and B-6. Vitamin C is essential for the growth and repair of bodily tissues, while B-6 protects your body from disease and infection while helping the production of serotonin.

Prevents Arthritis

Avocados also have anti-inflammatory benefits that can help alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis, a painful inflammatory condition in the joints. Avocado-soybean extract is also effective for reducing inflammation and reducing pain better than painkillers. The extract is simply made by combining one part avocado oil with two parts of soybean oil.

Health During Pregnancy

Eating avocados during pregnancy is beneficial to mothers as well as the fetus, as the fruit helps to prevent leg cramps while providing nutrients for a stronger spine, skull, and brain. It also helps to absorb carotenoids, so adding avocado to a salad or using its oil when cooking is great for keeping carotenoid levels high.

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