The health benefits of Avocado Seeds and how to use them.

The health benefits of Avocado Seeds and how to use them.

Avocado Seeds
Avocado Seeds

Avocados are one of nature's healthiest sources of fat in the world and are classed as a superfood. Many people do not realise that the large the brown seed of this fruit is also packed full of nutrients and can be eaten safely.
 
In today's article, we will highlight 16 facts and benefits of avocado seeds and explain how to use it easily at home.
 
1. Anti-Cancer

Anti-Cancer
Anti-Cancer

Avocado seeds contain a natural chemical called bis catechin which has been shown in some studies to help fight off tumours. This has been used by some leukaemia patients alongside regular treatments to help fight off this disease.


2. Fights Inflammation

Many people are aware that avocados are one of the healthiest superfoods, however, the seed is actually a richer source of antioxidants than the pulp of the fruit. 

Eating the seed helps to reduce pain and swelling throughout the body, especially if you suffer from arthritis and joint pain.



3. Fights Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's disease is one of the worst neurological diseases which can cause damage to the brain as we get older. 

Modern research shows that the phytochemicals found inside avocado seeds can help to protect the brain against this disease.

 It contains alkaloids, terpenoids and saponins which can help support those who already are showing signs of this disease.

4. Digestive Health

veg
veg

The best way to consume the seed is by drying it out and powdering into healthy smoothies. 

The avocado powder is a rich source of dietary fibre which can help with digestive problems like gastric ulcers, diarrhoea and constipation. Soluble fibre is very important when fixing any problems in the digestive system.

5. Blood Sugars

We always recommend avocados for those suffering with high blood sugars, types 2 diabetes, prediabetes or are overweight. 

The healthy
fats in avocado help to buffer blood sugars and keep cravings for sugary foods at bay. The fibre found in the seed also helps to
keep blood sugars under control

6. Weight Loss

Weight Loss
Weight Loss

We highly recommend consuming avocados, including their seeds daily when trying to lose weight. The entire fruit is loaded with nutrients that help to regulate insulin levels and trigger fat burning. 

Avocados help to strip away unwanted fat from the liver, so
that you can tap into your own fat reserves for energy.


7. Skin Health

Beauticians love to use avocado seeds for the skin. Simply take the seed from a fresh, ripened avocado, and blend with a little olive oil to make a facial mask. 

Use this solution to scrub your skin. This will help to fight acne, unclog pores and produce radiant skin due to the many phytochemicals it contains.

8. Fights Pathogens

The seed of the avocado is also rich in polyphenols which fight off harmful microbes and fungi infections. 

They contain catechins, chlorogenic and protocatechuic acids which help to keep meat products fresh when added. Avocado oil is also a great source of these nutrients to help ward off infections in the body.

9. Pink Dye

Pink Dye
Pink Dye

You can crush and blend avocado seeds with water and then boil to produce a pink dye. 

This can be used to colour all kinds of fabrics and as a natural food colouring. The longer you boil the water, the colour changes and deepens into a maroon pigment.

10. Relaxation Tea

The calcium, magnesium and potassium found within the seed are also great for relaxation. Simply boil the avocado pit with 2 cups of
water for 10 minutes to make avocado seed tea.

This may taste a little bitter, so add some stevia or erythritol for a little sweetness if you wish.

11. Hair Wash


The natural phytochemicals found in the avocado seed are also useful for restoring healthy hair growth and fighting off dandruff. Simply grate the avocado pit and mix with your regular shampoo. 

This will help to kill any fungus present on the scalp, so that the hair follicles may grow freely and unobstructed.

12. Heart Health

The avocado seeds, leaves, oil and pulp are all excellent for improving the health of the heart. 

The high amount of potassium and polyunsaturated fats help to regulate blood pressure and strengthen the heart. This can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart problems, especially as we get older.

13. How To Use

Use a sharp knife to remove the seed from the avocado. Rinse in cold water then dehydrate this at 250°F (121°C) for two hours in the
oven.

 Once the seed is dehydrated it should be placed in a high-speed food processor to form the powder. Use avocado seed powder in herbal teas, smoothies, sauces, stir-fries and healthy dips.

14. Origins

Origins
Origins

Avocados were originally grown in Mexico and Columbia around 7.000 years ago and were a staple for the Aztecs and Incas. 

These are now grown all around the world in warm climates and are considered one of the healthiest superfoods on the planet.

15. Other Avocado Uses

We highly recommend using the avocado pulp to make tasty guacamole, especially when following a healthy eating plan such as keto. 

You can also use avocado oil to replace unhealthy vegetable oils and works well with stir-fries and baking. Avocado Leaves are also well known for their medicinal properties and are used by herbalists in the form of a tea for healing.

16. Drawbacks

The seed contains a natural fungicide called persin, which may be toxic to animals. This is considered safe for humans as it is easily
broken down in the digestive system. Some studies show that a person may actually fight breast cancer cells, however, more research is currently required.

 Another drawback is that the process of drying out the seed and powdering it can take quite some time, where is maybe easier to get your phytonutrients from leafy greens like kale, collard greens and brussels sprouts. As you can see avocado seeds have some amazing health benefits which you may have not been aware of. 

So instead of throwing away these seeds, you may consider drying them out and adding them into your diet for some extra nutrition. If not, be sure to throw these into your compost
bin to make a richer and more mineral dense soil for growing herbs and plants in your garden. 
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