Posted by: godshealingplants | May 25, 2019

AVOCADOS FOR YOUR HEALTH

HISTORY

The avocado (Persea americana) dates back to south-central Mexico, around 5,000 B.C. But it was several thousand years before this wild variety was cultivated. Archaeologists found evidence that avocados were cultivated in Mexico as early as 500 B.C.

ABOUT

The avocado tree (Persea americana), is a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae.  The fruit of the plant, is called an avocado. It is botanically a large berry containing a single large seed.

Avocados have a green-skin that may be pear-shaped, egg-shaped, or spherical. Avocado trees are self-pollinating, and are often propagated through grafting. In 2017, Mexico produced 34% of the world supply of avocados.

The avocado tree species Persea americana is a tree that grows to 20 m (66 ft), with leaves 12–25 cm (4.7–9.8 in) long. The avocado fruit is a single-seeded berry; and the pear-shaped fruit is 7–20 cm (2.8–7.9 in) long, weighs between 100 and 1,000 g (3.5 and 35.3 oz), and has a large central seed, 5–6.4 cm (2.0–2.5 in) long.

Please note that there are many avocado varieties and different sizes.

NUTRIENTS

In addition to healthy fats and dietary fiber, avocados are brimming with a multitude of vitamins our body needs.

Avocados are a great source of nutrients, including: Folate, Magnesium, Potassium, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K to name a few.

They contain lycopene and beta-carotene, which are important carotenoid antioxidants. The highest concentration of these antioxidants is located in the dark green flesh closest to the peel.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Here are some health benefits of avocado for both adults and kids.

Anti-inflammatory: being able to help both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Cancer: Avocados have been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers, including cancers of the mouth, skin and prostate. A study in the journal Seminars in Cancer Biology found that the phytochemicals in avocados encourage cancer cells to stop growing and die.

Digestion: The fiber in avocados helps keep digestion on track, encouraging regular bowel movements, healthy intestines and a healthy weight.

Helps your Heart: Avocados’ high levels of potassium can help keep blood pressure under control; and the fats and fibers in the avocado reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Immune System: Avocadoes are a good source of Glutathione, making the immune system work best if the lymphoid cells have a good level of Glutathione.

Lowers LDL Cholesterol: Oleic acid in avocado can be used to lower cholesterol level in the blood.

Prevents Birth Defects: Avocados contain a significant amount of folic acid, which is essential to preventing birth defects during pregnancy.

Regulates Blood Sugar: the soluble fiber in avocados can help keep blood sugar levels stable.

Skin: Avocados with their healthy fats and phytonutrients offer remarkable benefits to human skin, both when eaten and when used topically. The vitamin C and vitamin E in avocados help keep skin nourished and glowing.

Treat yourself to an avocado facial. For years, people have used avocado as a natural facial treatment, especially for dry skin. It’s easy to do in your own home. Just remove your makeup and wash your face with warm water and soap or your favorite cleanser. Mash some avocado and mix it with a little honey or oatmeal and apply it to your face. Leave it there for 10 minutes, and then rinse it off with lots of water.

Avocado oil has been used extensively for its ability to heal and soothe the skin. This use is based on the high hydrocarbon content of the pulp and oil, which may help dry skin. The expressed oil of the avocado seed nourishes and maintains skin tone. It softens rough, dry, or flaking skin and, massaged into the scalp, improves hair growth.

Vision: Avocados are an excellent source of the carotenoid lutein, which reduces the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

HOW TO BUY AND STORE

Here are some tips to help you select a ripe avocado:

  • Avoid avocados which are super hard, unless you want to wait a number of days to eat them.  These are usually under-ripe. Very shiny skin is another sign that an avocado may not yet be ripe.  Avocados are typically green when they are under-ripe, and start to darken as they get ripe.
  • Stay away of avocados which are mushy and have noticeable dents in their skin.  They are overripe.  These avocados are also very dark in color.
  • Look underneath the dry little button of the stem end; if it is brown, then the avocado is over-ripe and probably bad, if it is a light green it is ripe and good to eat.  ​

A ripe avocado is not totally firm, but it is not really soft either.  

If the avocado is ripe and you have not cut it open, you can store it in the refrigerator for two to three days. If you want to have your avocado ripen, store it at room temperature for four to five days.

THE BEST WAY TO PEEL

To preserve the area with the greatest concentration of antioxidants, you basically want to peel the avocado with your hands, as you would a banana:

  1. First, cut the avocado length-wise, around the seed.
  2. Holding each half, twist them in the opposite directions to separate them from the seed.
  3. Remove the seed.
  4. Cut each half, lengthwise; then using your thumb and index finger, simply peel the skin off each piece.

HOW TO GROW AN AVOCADO FROM SEED

This is a fun project for your kids and is not a difficult to do.

Follow these simple steps and you will have a successfully start to your own avocado tree.

  1. Remove the large pit (seed) from the insides of an avocado, rinse and dry it well.
  2. Put three or four toothpicks into the seed at its widest part in order to suspend the pit over a glass of water.
  3. After that, put it in a warm place and make sure that you maintain the water level.
  4. In two to six weeks, you will notice that roots and a stem are sprouting from the seed. The moment the stem is about six inches long, you should trim it in half.
  5. When the stem leafs again, you should transplant the seedling into a pot that has sandy, loose soil.
  6. Provide your plant with frequent and light watering. Also, keep it in a sunny place to promote the plant growth.
  7. After that, pinch back the most recent grown leaves every time the stems grow another six inches or so. Do this in order to encourage more growth and a fuller plant.

In the regions that are warmer, the avocado plant is capable of surviving and staying outside in the summer.

In case you are situated in a warm climate that does not exceed temperatures less than 45 degrees F, you can even move your avocado outside because the plant will certainly enjoy such weather conditions, which will ultimately encourage its growth.

 HOW TO ENJOY

There are so many ways you can enjoy avocados here are just some of ideas.

Avocado kale wrap

Avocado blueberry smoothie

Baked stuffed avocado with your choice of ingredients

Avocado and raw cacao pudding

Avocado tortilla veggie wrap

Guacamole

Taco with avocados salsa and your favorite ingredients

Avocado ice cream with nuts

ENJOY!

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SOUCES 

http://drmercola.com 

http://naturalnews.com 

http://drjockers.com

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23448442

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23282226

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