Learn the Herbs: Avocado

You may enjoy Avocado on your toast at breakfast or loading up your chip with guacamole, but did you know about this fruit's proven health benefits? Often considered one of the world's most potent superfoods, this fleshy green fruit contains a world of beneficial nutrients packed into one tiny bundle.

Q: “Are Avocados good for your heart?”

First off, Avocado is widely known to lower triglyceride levels. Having a high level of this type of fat (lipid) in your blood can increase your risk of heart attack/disease and stroke. However, all cholesterol is fair game to Avocado, as they're an abundant source of monosaturated fatty acids and antioxidants that can increase your protective HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels while simultaneously lowering your LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.

This pitted fruit is also a potent source of natural dietary fiber, averaging to about 7% of soluble fiber by weight per Avocado, which offers a considerable benefit to your gut bacteria that can regulate digestion and bioactivity in the intestines, as well as buff up cardiovascular protection and defense against diabetes, encourage weight loss, and promote healthy bowel movements.

A: “Yes, they make for great Avo-cardio!”

Additionally, Avocado is an excellent source of Oleic Acid, also rich in healthy monosaturated fats, and which studies suggest can reduce inflammation in the body, among many other beneficial effects. It's possible that Avocado may be the highest source of this heart-healthy fat than any other fruit in the world. Scientific research eludes to the possibility that Oleic Acid may even play a role in cancer prevention in the future.

On top of that, the vitamin and mineral content of Avocado is incredibly dense. Tons of vitamin C and K pump up this fruit's immune-boosting capabilities. A unique complex of B vitamins along with vitamin E makes Avocado an excellent daily preventative. Health conscious folks across the globe have been touting the benefits of Avocado for decades. What about you?

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