Here Are 20 Health Benefits of Avocados
Avocado is often set aside because of the fats it contains. What a terrible mistake! This versatile fruit (yes, fruit!) is actually packed with nutrients and has many health benefits. In fact, it’s not really surprising that most athletes around the world incorporate them into their diet. Do you want to know why? Well then here are 20 reasons avocados work miracles not only on our plates and body, but also in our daily beauty routine!
#1 Bye bye stretch marks
Thanks to its great moisturizing powers, avocados work perfectly against stretch marks. To create your own anti-stretch mark cream, simply mix half an avocado with an aloe vera leaf and a teaspoon of olive oil. Apply the homemade cream in circular motion on the concerned area, leave it for 15 minutes then rinse off.
#2 Powerful Moisturizer
Packed with unsaturated fats, the avocado is an excellent moisturizer that strengthens the skin’s elasticity by deeply nourishing different layers and tissues. It also contains a lot of vitamin D, which is great against wrinkles, so don’t wait up and go to your nearest pharmacy for avocado oil!
#3 Better eyesight
Do you suffer from eye problems or you have bad eyesight? Avocado is rich in vitamin A, which helps fight aging eyes! Enjoy it in salads with tomatoes and carrots for better results.
#4 No Stress
If you’re feeling stressed or tired, avocados are a great way to get energy back into your system. If eaten regularly, they help fight against mood swings and avoid stress peaks too.
#5 Lose weight
They might contain calories, but avocados are great for diets. Full of fibre, they keep you full for longer and therefore help you limit your food intake. When eaten at lunchtime, avocados allows us to go nibbles-free until dinner! If you’re on a diet, we can only advise to eat half an avocado at lunchtime!
#6 Soothe ulcers
Do you have canker sores? Simply chew on a clean avocado leaf until smooth and cover the canker sores with it. Repeat a few times.
#7 Fight against period pain
Most women experience period pains. However, it’s possible to relieve the symptoms, especially the inflammation behind menstrual cramps, thanks to avocados and their unsaturated fats. You say avocado, us women say it’s magic!
#8 Boost your libido
Yes, this is real: avocado is an aphrodisiac that will stimulate your libido! This is due to its high level of vitamin B, which help the body produce dopamine, the hormone commonly associated with the brain’s ‘pleasure system’. Oh behave!
#9 Help your body heal
Are you the type of person who has a lot of cuts and scratches? Avocados’ healing properties strengthen cartilage, gums and skin, so don’t hesitate to add a little bit of it on your plate whenever you need a boost!
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#10 Keep your skin looking younger
As said above, avocado oil works fabulously against wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen. It‘s also a powerful moisturizer that goes through the epidermis’ deeper layers.
#11 Sooth a sunburn
Avocados make perfect moisturizers that will deeply hydrate the skin after a sunburn.
#12 No more bad breath
Yes, just like mint and lemon, avocados kill the bacteria responsible for bad breath.
#13 Eczema and psoriasis relief
Are you prone to dry skin and other problems? Use avocado oil to sooth the itch and improve the overall condition of your skin. Gently rub the oil on the affected area in a circular motion.
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#14 Great for pregnancy
Avocado is a great food for pregnant women! It contains folic acid, which contributes in the development of the child’s bones and also helps the mother-to-be fight against depression, insomnia and mood swings – quite common during this key period of life.
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#15 Reduce the risk of heart disease
Avocado is formidable against cardiovascular diseases thanks to its high level of unsaturated fatty acids.
#16 Cholesterol-fighting food
Eating one avocado per day will help you fight against bad cholesterol! The miracle fruit contains oleic acid, which helps regulate cholesterol level in the blood… On toast, in a salad or in a smoothie, it’d be wrong not to eat some!
#17 Relieve constipation
Avocados are rich in dietary fibre, which accelerates bowel transit time in the case of constipation.
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#18 It can help kill cancer cells
The enzyme found in avocado helps curb cancer cells growth. Eat up!
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#19 Muscle ache treatment
Everything’s good in the avocado, even the seed! The avocado seed powder is great for giving yourself a muscular pain relief massage. Just clean it before using.
#20 No more dandruff
If you have a dry scalp and tend to have dandruff, make an avocado oil mask for your hair and leave it for a few hours, then rinse!