The avocado’s nickname can be referred to as the ‘alligator pear’ since this fruit is indigenous to the same areas as these great lizards and they share a similar texture and color in their skin. Though on the outside the avocado may appear to look like a prehistoric beast, the inside holds treasures beyond what you could imagine for your health.
In a study done by Victor Fulgi, two hundred and seventy-six avocado consumers were compared to average non-avocado-consumers. He found that statistically those who ate avocados were generally healthier, not only in nutrition in the body and healthy organ functioning but also in having low amounts of body fat. Fulgi goes on to say the avocado is a holistic, whole body, all-encompassing, health benefit to anyone who eats it. His research predominantly focuses on the extraordinary amount of omegas in the fruit.
There is an equivalent of one hundred and sixty milligrams of omega-3 fatty acid in one cup of avocado. This specific fatty acid cannot be created in the body like omega-9 can, but it is still just as necessary in proper brain functioning and repair. So that means if you are not getting it in your diet your brain is not going to be able to repair itself completely. That is a scary thing to think about, but it is easily taken care of by cutting a few slices of the alligator pear, the avocado, and putting them into a salad.
Not only does this astounding miracle fruit provide immense benefits on its own, but it works synergistically with other fruits and vegetables so that the body can properly absorb nutrients. Fat soluble phytonutrients like carotenoids and beta-sitosterol are going to require a specific balance in dietary fats, meaning not too much saturated fat and not too much mono-unsaturated fats.
This exact combination of dietary fats necessary for digestion of fat soluble phytonutrients is provided by the avocado. This makes it the number one most beneficial salad additive on the menu. Apart from being a great contributor to health and a great help to all other nutrients, avocados provide a great amount of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are nature's way of killing off cancerous cells. Most mammals create their own vitamin C, which is a very powerful anti-oxidant. Unfortunately, humans do not.
So, as a human you have to consume external sources of vitamin C. Research shows that diversifying the type of vitamin C you are getting, by getting it through different fruits and foods, is going to actually increase the amount of benefit you take from it. Avocados have a great amount of vitamin C along with other anti-oxidants like zinc, manganese, vitamin E, and selenium. Each of these are going to protect against inflammation in the body.
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