Avocado, also known as alligator pear, is one of the healthiest fruits on the planet, often called a superfood. This fruit is not only very healthy, but it is also very tasty. Besides creaminess and deliciousness, here is what eating an avocado a day will do for you.
Avocado contains ‘good’ fats
The ‘good’ fats found in this fruit are the monounsaturated fats. They lower high-cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of a heart attack.
Avocado regulates the blood pressure
Alligator pear is rich in potassium, and potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels. The American Heart Association recommends the consumption of avocados due to the fact that one avocado contains over 25% of the recommended daily intake of potassium. Another positive influence of potassium it that it neutralizes the negative effects at high sodium levels in the body.
Avocado is good for the heart
Only one avocado (you don’t have to eat it at once, distribute slices of it throughout the day or add it to your recipes) will lower the ‘bad’ cholesterol levels in the blood. Statistics say that one-third of the American population suffers from high LDL cholesterol. An avocado a day will also lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases and strokes.
This is what avocado does:
-- Maintains healthy levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream
-- Regulates the overall cholesterol levels
-- Reduces the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels
-- Increases the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol levels
These are the nutrients found in an avocado:
Vitamin B6 – 27%;
Vitamin C – 32%;
Vitamin E – 21%;
Vitamin K – 52%;
Potassium – 29%;
Copper – 18%;
Pantothenic Acid – 27%.
Folate – 40%;
Avocado against diabetes
Avocados control the blood sugar levels, thus reducing the risk of diabetes. Eating an avocado after each meal prevents sugar spikes and stabilizes the level of sugar into the bloodstream.
Avocado during pregnancy
As we mentioned before avocados are rich in vitamins C and B6, folate, and potassium, which makes it an ideal addition to pregnant women’s diets. Folate is known to be beneficial for the proper development of the fetus, especially in the first trimester, whereas vitamin B6 helps the development of brain and tissue in the fetus.
Avocado for stronger bones
The following nutrients in avocado will make the bones stronger: vitamin K, copper, and folate.
Avocado for better digestion
This fruit abounds in dietary fiber, which aids digestion. To be more precise, one avocado contains 13 grams of dietary fiber, which is more that 50% of the recommended daily intake.
Avocado improves your mood
Last but not the least, alligator pears boost your mood and help avoid unwanted mood swings. Scientists warn that low levels of potassium can result in depression. The high levels of potassium in this fruit, together with folate help prevent the occurrence of depression.