The powerful benefits of eating avocado

life 01/08/2018

The avocado is a staple in many peoples diets, and as well as being a delicious fruit, it may also have a load of benefits

Probably the best-known advantage of avocados is their fatty goodness, which is terrific for nourishing your skin and your hair.

The powerful fats can also help your body reap the benefits of other healthy foods in your diet. "Healthy fats, like those in avocado, help increase the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, K, and E," says Mia Syn, MS, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist.

"Vitamin K is important for blood clotting, while vitamin E helps protect cells, tissues, and organs from free radical damage."

They contain 15 per cent monounsaturated fatty acids-rich oil, which helps to increase the bioavailability of carotenoids from salads and salsa often consumed with avocados.

In much simpler terms, this means that adding some guacamole to your salad or scooping up the green stuff alongside your salsa are two easy and yummy ways to reap the goodness of all of the nutrients inside your dish.

Experts say avocado could also help dial down stress. This is because the green fruit is full of magnesium, which can significantly benefit your mental health.

“Magnesium deficiency has been associated with higher levels of stress, anxiety and difficulty relaxing, which are key ingredients to getting good sleep at night,” Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of pulmonary and sleep medicine at the University of Southern California.

Another benefit of snacking on avocado toast is in your eyes. In a study published for the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, researchers showed that some of the carotenoids, or pigments found in avocados could be effective in preventing cataracts, a common vision problem.

A bonus? The mighty avocado also contains around 40 per cent of your recommended daily intake of fiber.