Do you love avocado? Avocado is a very popluar “superfood” at the moment. It is filled with nutrients and good fats. It is also very creamy and delicious, and can be used in sandwhiches, salads and omelettes – you can even use it as a moisturizer for your hair!
Here are 5 great health benefits of avocado.
1. It keeps you smart
Here is some food for thought: avocados are filled with omega-3 fatty acids and natural vitamin E, which are both great for your brain. For instance, they improve the blood supply to your pre-frontal cortex, which is the part of your brain responsible for planningm decision making and critical thinking.
2. It helps you to absorb other nutrients
Many other important vitamins are fat soluble, so they actually require fat to be absorbed into the body. These vitamins include vitamin A, K,D and E – so adding avocado to any vegetable heavy meals will help you get all the vitamins you can get out of the meal.
3. It helps you lose weight
Want to lose a little weight? Buy some avocados; they contain monounsaturated fatty acids, which means they are likely to be stored as slow burning energy rather than fat. This means you will feel satisfied and full after you have eaten avocado, helping to keep your hunger at bay.
4. It contains more potassium than a banana
Potassium is an important mineral most people don’t get enough of, but avocados will help. You can find 14% of your recommended daily amount of potassium in an avocado – much more than the 10% found in a banana. High potassium intake is linked to redcued blood pressure, lowering the risk of strokes, heart attacks and kidney failure.
5. It is beneficial during pregnancy
If you’re pregnant, try to stock up on avocados. Just one cup of avocado contains nearly 25% of your recommeneded dose of folate, which is essential for both you and your child.