Avocados are often referred to as the healthiest food due to its impressive nutritional value. This fruit is full of vitamins and beneficial fat that boosts your overall health.
Traditional herbalists have used the bark, the seeds and the leaves of the avocado tree as a medicinal herb but most of us have been throwing away a very beneficial part of this fruit, the seed! After reading this article, you may find yourself looking for different ways to add avocado seed to your diet.
Why You Should Eat That Avocado Seed And How To Make It Tasty
Avocado seeds have more antioxidants than most fruits and veggies. 70% of the total antioxidants found in the avocado are in its seed. The seed has as much polyphenols as green tea, and they are full of soluble fiber.
Avocado seeds contain higher amounts of phosphorus and potassium. According to the Journal of Food Chemistry, calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, soluble fiber and antioxidants complete this wholesome seed. This nutrient rich seed can be added to our diet to help the health of our bodies in these ways:
Calcium: helps maintain heart rhythm, muscle function, and more. There’s good evidence that calcium can help prevent or control high blood pressure. It also may reduce PMS symptoms as well as preventing certain cancers. Calcium with Vitamin D may help protect against breast cancer in premenopausal women.
Phosphorus: is required by the body for bone and teeth formation and allows for proper digestion of riboflavin and niacin. It aids in transmission of nerve impulses, helps your kidneys excret wastes, gives you energy, forms the proteins that aid in reproduction, and may help block cancer.
Soluble Fiber: controls blood sugar, promotes heart health, decreases risk of stroke, enhances weight loss and management, helps remove yeast and fungus from the body, reduces the risk of diverticulitis, lowers the risk of hemorrhoids, provides some relief from IBS, and reduces the risk of gallbladder and kidney stones.
Magnesium: regulates melatonin hormone for better sleep, relaxes the nervous system, helps cells store more energy, helps the body produce more Insulin like Growth Factor (IGF-1 helps with growth and strength in muscles), better flexibility, supports bone integrity and strength, remineralizes teeth, alkalizes the body, hydrates, relieves constipation, assists enzyme function, diabetes.
Potassium: heart health, regulates hydration, pain management, strengthens body systems, helps alleviate psychological problems.
Antioxidants: stimulate enzymes that detoxify the body. This body detox offers these benefits to the body:
increased energy, immunity boost, softer and younger-looking skin, relief from allergies and asthma, improved circulation, weight loss, improved blood pressure, improved digestion, arthritis symptom relief, diabetes management, improved sleep,relief from menstrual symptoms, improved memory, better concentration.
The avocado seed has an important place in traditional American Indian medicine. American Indians used avocado seed to treat both dysentery and diarrhea.
Compounds in the avocado seed have anti-tumor properties. According to the “Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics,” avocado seeds possess a condensed flavonol that is responsible for this property.
There are many ways to add avocado seed to your diet:
•Slice avocado seed thinly and roast it
•Sliced avocado seeds that have been roasted can be crushed in a plastic bag with a hammer, then blended in a high powered blender until smooth. 1/4 of the powder can be added to a smoothie
•Pour the avocado seed powder into capsule shells that can be purchased at health food store and take the powdered capsule as a supplement
•The avocado seed can be grated and then boiled to make a tea to drink daily