Seeing Health Benefits and Side Effects of Avocado.

Avocado fruit is usually used as a healthy juice drink. This fruit comes from Mexico and Central America. Avocado trees can reach up to 20 meters high, which have yellowish-green flowers. Avocado flesh is greenish yellow in a soft texture, so it is often used as juice. Not only delicious to be a drink, but avocados also have many benefits, including being able to nourish the body, as a treatment and beautify the skin.

Some varieties of diseases that can be treated with avocado are canker sores, moisturizing curing skin, handling stone urine, overcoming headaches, for high blood pressure or hypertension, to deal with nerve pain (neuralgia), gastric pain, overcoming the swollen airways, treating toothache, diabetes or diabetes mellitus, even for women who experience unusual periods.

The ingredients in avocados include; saponin substances, alkaloids, and flavonoids, avocado meat also contains tannins, while avocado leaves contain polyphenols and quercetin. Various vitamins such as vitamins A, B, C, E, and K are also found in the fruit that is usually used as a juice drink. Another plus is the low sugar content, but it is rich in fat and fiber. Although this fruit is high in fat, it is still safe if consumed in moderation, because the fat it contains is monounsaturated fat.

Not only the fruit, but avocado leaves can also be used for the treatment of diseases such as urinary stones, high blood pressure, headaches, nerve pain, stomach pain, swollen airways (bronchial swellings), irregular menstruation. Avocado seeds also do not escape giving useful properties for drugs for a toothache and diabetes.

A nutritionist named Charlotte Stirling-Reed says that avocados are a fruit full of nutrients.

"Avocados are a source of healthy fats, monounsaturated special fatty acids and smaller amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are known as fats that are healthy for the heart because they help reduce blood cholesterol levels in the body," he said.

Nutrients contained in avocados.

A nutritionist named Charlotte Stirling-Reed says that avocados are a fruit full of nutrients.

"Avocados are a source of healthy fats, monounsaturated special fatty acids and smaller amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are known as fats that are healthy for the heart because they help reduce blood cholesterol levels in the body," he said.

To dissect any related nutrients, a nutrition therapist Karen Poole explained some of the nutrients contained as follows:
  1. Vitamins B6, B5, and B2 that support the synthesis of hormones reduce the impact of stress and create a good immune system. In addition, avocados contain biotin which is good for nail and hair growth.
  2. Vitamin C, which is important for collagen production, the immune system which is also good for bones and teeth.
  3. Copper element helps wound healing process and supports the cardiovascular system.
  4. Tyrosine, to help the formation of thyroid hormones.
  5. Magnesium, for relaxation effects and is good for relieving muscle tension and curing fatigue.
  6. Vitamin E, which contains powerful antioxidants, can stem the pressure of a modern lifestyle.

Health Benefits of Avocado.

1. Reducing cancer risk.

Avocados contain antioxidants and polynutrients which are anti-cancer substances. These substances can increase our immunity to fight free radicals that have the potential to damage cells that can cause cancer. 

The experts found that avocado extract which is high in antioxidants can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, such as prostate cancer and oral cancer. However, this study is mostly limited to laboratory research, and there have not been many studies that have tested the effects of avocados clinically in reducing cancer risk.

2. Good for maintaining body weight and heart health.

Adults who consume avocados may have better health than those who don't consume avocados. Those who consume avocados usually have a healthy diet, such as diligently eating vegetables and a low-sugar diet. It affects the stability of body weight, waist circumference, and body mass index. Consumption of avocados is also good for the body's metabolic system, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

3. Lowers bad cholesterol.

Eating avocados consider great for the body because the good fat content in this fruit is abundant. According to research, consuming avocados with a healthy diet can help reduce levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase levels of good cholesterol (HDL), so that it can help maintain heart health. It's not surprising considering the fat content in avocados is monounsaturated fat. What should be underlined is not to consume this fruit excessively.

4. Good for people with osteoarthritis.

Avocados extracted with soybean oil or commonly called Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU) may have benefits for people with osteoarthritis. The product is claimed to be able to reduce pain and generally have a good impact on people with osteoarthritis.

5. Healthy Bones.

Healthy bones are one of the benefits of avocados for the body which is undoubtedly its ability. A study reveals that compounds from avocados can relieve arthritis pain and reduce bone stiffness.

6. Anti-aging.

Eating avocados and applying avocado oil to moisturize the skin. Avocados contain compounds such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which have antioxidant properties. A research study by Dr. Richard L. Roberts et al. shows that lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce the signs of the aging process by protecting the skin from damage from both, such as UV light and radiation.

7. Good for eye health.

The content of lutein and zeaxanthin in avocados is predicted to be good for maintaining eye health. Both of these substances act as antioxidants that can reduce eye damage, such as cataracts, and minimize the risk of macular degeneration related to age.

8. Prevent birth defects in the fetus.

The study by the California Avocado Commission found the benefits of avocados in the fetus in the womb. The researchers say that avocados are an injection of nutrients that is very suitable for mothers who are pregnant. Avocados contain plenty of folic acids which is great for pregnant women and fetuses.

9. Overcoming diabetes.

A study from the Nutrition Journal published in 2013 said that avocados are associated with a reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, which refers to an increased risk of stroke, arterial disease, and diabetes.

10. Reducing the risk of metabolic syndrome.

The study, published in the Nutrition Journal states that consuming one avocado every day can reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome events by 50%.

The metabolic syndrome is a disorder of blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and obesity that occurs simultaneously in one individual. People who experience metabolic syndrome are prone to coronary heart disease, stroke, and other blood vessel disorders.

11. Make full longer.

A study reveals avocados can be considered to provide long satiety. People who consume 1/2 avocado at lunch will reduce the desire to eat again afterward by 40%. One avocado (weighing approximately 40 grams) consists of 64 calories, 6 grams of fat, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

12. Increase sexual drive.

According to Lianne Young, nutritionists and sexual relations therapists say that avocados can improve your sex life. Avocados can increase energy levels and of course, healthy libido which is very important for sex life and good for the health of your mind. 

"Avocados are rich in minerals. Monounsaturated fats that help protect the heart and contain vitamin B6 maintain your energy and sexual drive, "Lianne said. To get more optimal benefits, Lianne added to add avocados with berries.

Avocado side effects.

Avocados are one kind of fruit that is rich in benefits. It can improve the body health of men or women of all ages, but also can cause health problems if consumed in an appropriate portion and not in accordance with the recommendations of the relevant nutritionist.

1. Increase body weight.

The most popular side effect of avocados is causing fat buildup in the body if the avocado is consumed excessively. In one cup portion of medium avocado contains 240 calories and 22 grams of fat. This content of calories and fat in avocados is relatively high so that it can accelerate the addition of body weight and obesity problems arise to obesity symptoms that must be watched out. Avocados that are consumed too often can also thwart a balanced diet program.

2. Allergy.

According to a review of articles circulated in June 2011 in the journal Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology, allergic avocados can cause sneezing, coughing, swelling, and nasal congestion. If you experience these symptoms after eating avocados, try removing the avocado first from your daily diet and see if the symptoms still appear or not.

3. Lowers cholesterol (including HDL, the good cholesterol)

Avocados can reduce cholesterol levels. Bad cholesterol causes heart problems such as heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, blocked arteries, and so on. But besides the benefits, there are side effects from eating mostly avocados. Avocados are rich in Beta-sitosterol. Beta-sitosterol absorbs bad cholesterol if the amount is excessive, but they can also absorb HDL cholesterol, a type of good cholesterol that is beneficial to the health of the body. One of the functions of good HDL cholesterol is maintaining the strength and health of the walls in blood vessels.

4. Kidney failure.

In one medium-sized avocado, there is a potassium content of 21 percent. If avocado juice is consumed 3 times a day then it has increased potassium levels to 63 percent, this condition has enough potential to cause health problems around the kidney which can refer to symptoms of kidney failure. Too much potassium in the body can interfere with kidney function and weaken its performance.

5. Gastric digestive disorders.

Consuming avocados excessively can cause side effects in the form of digestive disorders in the human stomach that commonly occur, such as abdominal pain, twisting stomach, nausea, and vomiting. This condition arises due to the wall and digestive tract experiencing injuries, irritation or inflammation that occurs as a result of the reaction of compounds in the avocado.

6. Decreases the quality of breast milk.

Overeating avocados can damage the mammary glands thereby reducing milk production. Too much avocado intake during breastfeeding can cause a child's digestive system to become less good.

7. Reducing the benefits of drugs.

Avoid drinking small amounts of avocado juice a little while when you are taking certain medications from a doctor's prescription. Substances that exist in avocados can reduce the benefits of the drug so that it becomes useless. Substances in avocados can bind and absorb special chemicals in drugs formulated for the healing process. Drink avocado juice 2 hours after that, and keep it at a reasonable dose.

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