Did you know that eating an Avocado can be a key contributor to the prevention of Breast Cancer? This is only one of the many benefits that Avocados provide. Known by many as the Alligator Pear (due to its shape and tough crocodile-like exterior), Avocados provide numerous nutritional benefits and fulfill more than enough of your daily value in many areas.
Avocados are originally native to Central and South America. In the early 20th century cultivation for this fruit began in Florida and California, and these states are now some of the top producers of Avocados to date. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, California Avocados can weigh anywhere between 165 and 170 ounces, while Florida Avocados generally weigh around three pounds — however their taste is not said to be as rich as California Avocados.
An Avocado is commonly called a super-food. You might be asking what constitutes a food as considered “super”. A super-food is one which contains a high level of monounsaturates (a fat which helps lower levels of bad cholesterol and increases levels of “good” cholesterol). Super-foods also are known for their lack of calories and extensive nutrient base. Avocados specifically contain a high amount of both soluble and insoluble fibers, which are excellent for your digestive system. Here are a few more examples of super-foods: blueberries, nuts, broccoli, tomatoes and oily fish.
Avocados are not only a preventative of Breast Cancer, they aid in the prevention of many other ailments such as: Prostate Cancer, Oral Cancer, eye problems, high cholesterol, heart disease and Strokes. According to Health Diaries.com, one cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.
In addition to all of the health benefits Avocados provide, they also offer many beauty benefits. There are numerous antioxidants in Avocados that remove toxins and promote anti-wrinkling of the skin. Avocados are also excellent for dry or damaged hair when applied as a hair mask. This fruit is extremely rich in Vitamins A, D and E — and this promotes moisturized hair. When applied as a mask or treatment to the face, Avocados create a smooth and rejuvenated feel which can also help out your pocketbook! The cost of a facial versus an at-home Avocado treatment can save you up to a hundred dollars! You can find a great at-home treatment below that is simple to make and guarantees smooth skin and soft hair.
Avocado Face Mask:
Combine 1 ripe Avocado, 2 tablespoons of all-natural honey and 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil in a bowl. Mix together and spread across your face. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
Avocado Hair Mask:
Combine 1 ripe Avocado with 1 teaspoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil. Mix these ingredients together and apply throughout the hair. Leave on for 20-25 minutes and wrap with a shower cap or saran wrap. Rinse out with warm water.