Avocado in recent years has received an enormous amount of attention in the press and on social media as people discover more about this amazing fruit. The combination of fiber, healthy fats, protein and of course the loads of vitamins and minerals that avocadoes provide translate into serious health benefits for those that consume them.
However, what many people do not realize is that the avocado seeds have proven to be just as healthy as the flesh of the fruit itself. Below is a break-down of the top benefits of the avocado seeds, along with a brief explanation of how to prepare them for consumption to start taking advantage of these benefits today.
One of the most important things about avocado seeds is that they are incredibly rich in antioxidants – as a matter of fact, about 70% of the antioxidants from this fruit is located in the seed itself! The antioxidant compounds here are particularly potent and have been shown, among other things, to guard against cancer and support continued cardiac health and function.
Avocado seeds also contain compounds that have been shown to help reduce inflammation throughout the body. This makes avocado seeds a great choice for chronic inflammatory conditions like arthritis or irritable bowel syndrome. In fact, those with IBS might particularly benefit from these seeds, as they are shown to be able to reduce swelling and irritation of the gastrointestinal tract.
The seeds of the avocado have also been found to contain phenolic compounds which have proven antimicrobial properties that are effective against assaults from both viruses and bacteria. In particular, they seem to be effective at killing off bacteria in the digestive tract that is responsible for issues like the formation of gastric ulcers.
Given that the flesh of the avocado is a great foods for diabetics, it should be no surprise that avocado seeds have properties to help diabetics with day to day control of their disease. These compounds have been shown to regulate blood sugar levels, make weight loss easier and reduce appetite and hunger pangs.
How to Prepare Avocado Seeds for Consumption
Preparing avocado seeds for consumption may seem intimidating, but in fact it is an easy procedure. After removing the skin and flesh of the avocado, prepare the flesh usual, then take away the seeds, place them in a plastic bag, and crush them with a mallet. Once they are crushed, process them in a blender or coffee bean grinder until they have the consistency of a fine powder. Sprinkle this powder on foods to reap the benefits that these amazing seeds have to offer.
It should come as no surprise to anyone who has read about the remarkable health benefits of avocado that the seeds, too, should have such amazing properties. So try this method for making DIY avocado seed powder and start enjoying those benefits today!
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