The famous avocado also known as alligator pear and also goes with the name butter fruit as well. It starts with a greenish yellow flower and grows into green (some varieties are dark purple in color) pear-shaped fruit which deepens its color as it ripens. Its prized flesh is of pale green color as soft and creamy as butter and tastes a bit nutty. These fruits are native to Mexico and Central America and quite often, included in food recipes.
This fruit has been eyed upon by health advocates and athletes and are being included in their food regime for its many wondrous benefits. The fruit’s content has been carefully analyzed and studied and researchers have found out amazing benefits!
What You Get When You Eat Avocados
According to research, avocados are rich in plant sterols (25mg per ounce) that help regulate optimum cholesterol levels in the body. It is also rich in Vitamin A and other vitamin precursors that are very good in maintaining healthy eyesight.
The GI Tract
The fruit’s high fiber content can also contribute to healthy detoxification and promote easy bowel elimination and ultimately improve digestion and the overall health of the GI tract. Its high antioxidant level also helps reduce the likelihood of getting colon cancer.
Not Only For Babies
Avocados were found to be rich in folate. Consumption of folate before, after and throughout conception has been proven to prevent a long list of congenital defects. Recent studies have shown that the father’s folate intake is of equal importance. So the benefit of eating this heavenly fruit is not exclusive to the female population to reap its benefits. Another great benefit of folate (often overshadowed by its pre-natal benefit) is that it blocks the hormone homocysteine, which is responsible for sabotaging the happy hormones (epinephrine, norephineprine, dopamine, serotonin). It is highly likely that you will be able to avoid depression if you love eating this fruit!
Why Athletes Love Them
Fat is not necessarily bad at all. There are certain vitamins that can only be catalyzed by fat such as the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. This is where avocados come in very nicely. They are rich in fat and this fat can help facilitate the fat soluble vitamins in its way inside the cells where they will be put to us, thus making a more vigorous new you.
- 2 pcs medium sized avocados
- 1-2 garlic cloves
- ½ lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
This recipe can give you a spike in your energy, boost your immune system and manage your weight efficiently. Garlic cloves are known to control blood pressure especially when it is taken raw (it’s even more flavorful when it isn’t cooked). Lemon juice and even its peel are found to be very rich in anti-oxidant and help you ward off cancer and other cancer chronic debilitating diseases. Try it and reap all of it’s amazing health benefits!