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Avocado

Avocado
Avocado is a green pear-shaped fruit that has high nutritional value. It is a rich source of protein and vitamin A,B,D and E. Avocado has a smooth creamy texture and a mild taste. It can be added to any meal or eaten as a salad.
Avocado when eaten daily might aid in weight loss as it is high in fibers and provides a feeling of satiety.
Avocados act as a natural moisturizer and are beneficial for skin. It increases collagen production and reduces wrinkles due to its antioxidant property. Avocado pulp can be applied on face or body skin to manage sunburns, eczema, dryness and psoriasis.
Avocado oil gets easily absorbed into the hair and scalp and improves the hair quality. It stimulates hair growth and prevents damage. Avocado oil along with olive oil can be applied to the hair for smooth and shiny hair.
It is advisable for people having latex allergy to avoid the use of Avocado, as it might lead to allergic reactions[1][2][7-9].

What are the synonyms of Avocado?

Persea americana, Abokado, Avocato, Alligator pear[1].

What is the source of Avocado?

Plant Based

Benefits of Avocado

What are the benefits of Avocado for High cholesterol?

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Avocado helps manage cholesterol levels due to its strong antioxidant property. The dietary fibres present in Avocado lowers the level of total blood cholesterol, bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides. Also, the heart-healthy fats present in olive oil improve the level of good cholesterol[2].

What are the benefits of Avocado for Weight loss?

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Although enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Avocado in weight loss. However, the dietary fibers present in Avocado might improve intestinal health. A study also states that eating Avocado gives a feeling of fullness which might help in preventing cravings[1][2].

What are the benefits of Avocado for Menstrual pain?

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Although enough scientific evidence is not available for the use of Avocado in managing menstrual flow. However, a leaf infusion of Avocado might help in managing menstrual cramps[3].

What are the benefits of Avocado for Diarrhea?

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Avocado might help reduce the symptoms of diarrhoea due to its antimotility property. It slows down the gastrointestinal motility and decreases the sodium and potassium absorption across the intestine. It also has antispasmodic property which relieves spasms of involuntary muscles[4].

What are the benefits of Avocado for Toothache?

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Avocado is beneficial in toothache due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. The crushed and boiled seeds of Avocado are used to manage toothache by reducing pain and inflammation in the affected area[5].

How effective is Avocado?

Likely effective
High cholesterol
Insufficient evidence
Diarrhea, Menstrual pain, Toothache, Weight loss

Precautions when using Avocado

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Avocado is safe to be taken in food amounts. It is rich in fat content and calories so it is advisable for people on a diet to use Avocado wisely[1].
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People allergic to latex should avoid the use of Avocado as it might trigger allergic reactions[1][6].
Breastfeeding
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Since enough scientific evidence is not available for the use of Avocado during breastfeeding. So, it is advisable to avoid or consult a physician before using Avocado during breastfeeding[1].
Pregnancy
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Since enough scientific evidence is not available for the use of Avocado during pregnancy. So, it is advisable to avoid or consult a physician before using Avocado in pregnancy[1].

How to use Avocado

1. Avocado toast for breakfast
a. Add Avocado in your breakfast with a slice of toasted brown bread.
b. Mash an Avocado and put your favorite seasoning vegetables to it.
c. Spread it evenly on a slice of toasted brown bread.
d. Enjoy your delicious breakfast and get health benefits of Avocado.

2. Avocado creamy salad dressing
a. Avocado can be used to make your salad delicious and creamy.
b. For creamy salad dressing, mix all ingredients (garlic, yoghurt, lemon juice, olive oil) with vinegar.
c. Put them in a blender and add chopped Avocado.
d. Blend until it turns creamy.
e. Have it with salad in your daily meals to get benefits of Avocado.

Benefits of Avocado

What are the benefits of Avocado for Psoriasis?

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Avocado might be useful for managing the symptoms of Psoriasis as it has vitamin E. Topical application of Avocado oil might help in reducing dryness associated with psoriasis and helps in healing due to its healing properties[7][8].

What are the benefits of Avocado for Hair loss?

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Although enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Avocado in hair growth. However, massaging Avocado fruit peel into the scalp might help in managing hair growth and dryness[9].

What are the benefits of Avocado for Wound healing?

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Avocado oil is helpful in quick healing of wounds. Certain constituents present in Avocado oil helps in contraction of the wound and increase the formation of collagen. It also reduces inflammation and prevents infection due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. [7][10].

How effective is Avocado?

Insufficient evidence
Hair loss, Psoriasis, Wound healing

Precautions when using Avocado

Allergy
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Avocado is generally safe to be used on skin but people sensitive to latex might show some allergic reactions. So, it is advisable to consult a physician before using Avocado on skin[1][6].
Side Effects
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Itching[1].

How to use Avocado

Avocado oil with massage oil
a. Take a few drop (or as per your requirement) of Avocado oil.
b. Mix it with your body massage oil or Olive oil.
c. Apply or massage it on the affected area once a day to get rid of the symptoms of skin and hair problems.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Can you eat Avocado every day ?

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Yes, Avocado can be consumed every day as it is a rich source of nutrients. It can be eaten in raw form or added to milkshakes, salads etc. But, as it is high in calories so it is advisable to consume it moderate quantities[1].

Q. What are the benefits of eating an Avocado a day?

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Eating Avocado daily for breakfast or lunch has many health benefits. It is rich in nutrients and helps in reducing blood cholesterol levels. It also contains high amounts of fiber which helps in weight management and provides a feeling of fullness[11[[12].

Q. Can Avocado reduce belly fat ?

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Yes, Avocado might help in reducing belly fat as it has a high amount of fibers which improves digestion and contributes to weight loss. Eating Avocados also gives a feeling of fullness for longer duration and prevent overeating[13].

Q. Are Avocado seeds poisonous?

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Yes, fresh Avocado seeds contain certain constituents which are poisonous in nature but dry seeds are safe for use. So, it is recommended to dry the seeds before consumption[14].

Q. Are Avocados good for liver?

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Yes, Avocado is good for the liver as it has hepatoprotective property. Certain constituents present in Avocado (flavonoids) possess antioxidant properties that prevent liver cells against damage caused by free radical damage and reduce oxidative stress in liver[15].

Q. Is Avocado good for diabetes?

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Yes, Avocado might help in diabetes as it has low sugar content. It contains certain constituents which have antioxidant properties. It prevents the pancreatic cells against damage caused by free radicals and improves insulin secretion. This helps to lower blood glucose levels and manage diabetes[19].

Q. Do Avocados lower blood pressure?

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Yes, Avocados might help reduce blood pressure due to the presence of certain constituents (luteins, MUFAs) that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It relaxes the arteries and improves blood flow which helps to lower blood pressure[19].

Q. Are Avocados beneficial for men?

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Yes, Avocados might be beneficial for men as it is rich in folic acid and antioxidants. It stimulate sex hormones in men (testosterone) and provides relaxation[20].

Q. What does Avocado do to your face?

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Avocado is a rich source of vitamin E that has antioxidant properties. It protects the face against damage caused by free radicals and rejuvenates the skin. Avocado also possess anti-inflammatory properties that help in managing scars and acne[16][9].

Q. Does Avocado improves your skin?

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Yes, Avocado improves skin health as it is a good source of antioxidants that provide protection to the skin from damage caused by free radicals. It improves skin tone and prevent wrinkles. It also contains vitamin E which helps to soften the skin and protects it against harmful effects of the sun[9][17].

Q. Can Avocado oil prevent wrinkles?

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Yes, Avocado oil might help prevent wrinkles as it contains certain constituents which improves the synthesis of collagen. This improves the elasticity of skin. It also prevents damage of skin cells due to its antioxidant property and helps in improving youthfulness[18].

References

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