If you don’t have the habit of eating avocados you should make some changes immediately. They should become your favorite food and you should try to eat one every day. Its rich and creamy texture makes it perfect for a million combinations. You can add half an avocado to the morning shake and the second half in the salad for dinner. If you’re a fan of nachos, make some homemade guacamole and enjoy.
If you are like the majority of people, you probably throw away the avocado seed, but you’ll stop doing it after you read this. It has been proven that not only are they healthy but for centuries they have been used in conservative medicine.
Aren’t avocado seeds toxic?
We know that seeds from other fruits such as cherries, plums and apricots contain cyanide, which if ingested in large quantities can cause vomiting, nausea even death. However, avocado seeds don’t have this toxic chemical, but they contain tannins. Tannins can be slightly toxic, but in order to feel any negative side effects you’ll have to eat several. A research from 2013 published in the Scientific World Journal determined that avocado seed extract was safe and not toxic at all.
5 Health Benefits from Eating Avocado Seeds
Avocados are rich in folate, vitamin B and healthy fats. But avocado seeds are really nutritive too; they are rich in bioactive phytochemicals, fatty acids, glucosides and triterpenes, and contain 70% of the antioxidants of the avocado. Avocado seeds are also considered to be the best source of soluble fibers.
What properties do avocado seeds have?
They have numerous health benefits, antifungal, antimicrobial, antibiotic, insecticidal, larvicidal, amoebicidal, giardicidal, hypolipidemic, and antihypertensive properties are their main characteristics. Aside from the abovementioned benefits, eating avocado seeds can be beneficial in many other ways.
- Helps fight cancer
Avocado seeds have strong anti-cancer properties. A study from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, published in Pharmaceutical Biology Journal revealed that eating avocado seeds and fruit can cause self-destruction in leukemia cells.
Another study, conducted more recently and published in the Cancer Research Journal revealed that avocado seeds contain a compound called vocation B which has proven to be extremely effective against acute myeloid leukemia. It was proven to be more effective than 800 other natural health products which were tested.
- Heart benefits
The journal Plant Food For Human Nutrition published a study in 2012 which revealed that avocado seed flour can reduce the LDL and total cholesterol levels in mice. It was also proven that it can prevent arterial plaque formation.
The avocado seeds were revealed to contain dietary fibers which can lower cholesterol. They bind with the cholesterol in the GI tract and stop it from being absorbed. Different studies suggest that it can also reduce hypertension and fight diabetes and inflammation.
- Digestive benefits
Avocado seeds are also linked with digestive benefits. In South America they were used against gastric ulcers, dysentery, acute diarrhea and many other digestive conditions. They can help with digestion because they contain beneficial antioxidants and fibers.
- Immune system benefits
Disease prevention starts with a strong immune system. Avocado seeds and skins are great immune system boosters because they are rich in antioxidants like procyandis and catehchins which have anti-inflammatory properties. They can reduce stiffness, joint pain, swelling and strengthen the immune system, preventing colds and flu.
The journal Revista de Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical published a study in 2009 which revealed that avocado seeds have antifungal and antibiotic properties which can eliminate dangerous pathogens like Candida and other fungi. What causes Candida and fungal infections if not a weakened immune system?
- Wrinkle reduction benefits
Oil from avocado seeds can increase the collagen in the skin, thus reducing the wrinkle appearance. It can also be very efficient against acne flare-ups.
Extracting avocado seeds
If you want to remove the avocado seed safely you’ll need to follow these instructions. Cut the avocado in half, slicing around the pit so that you can remove the seed cleanly. Insert the knife tip into the pit, twist and pull gently. Then remove the seed from the knife. You’ll need to crush it, so it’s best if you put it in a plastic bag and use a hammer or another blunt object to smash it. Use the crushed seed to spice up your smoothies. You can mix up dates, banana and spinach, add the avocado seeds and enjoy. If your blender is high powered it could crush it itself but you’ll need to add water.
Avocado Seed Green Goodness Smoothie – The perfect recipe
½ avocado seed
1 cup of almond milk/water
1 ripe pear
1 cup organic spinach
1 small piece of ginger (grated)
Just smash the avocado seed and blend everything until it’s nicely combined. Add a few ice cubes and drink it chilled.
Other Benefits of Avocado Seeds
Aside from being a nutritional supplement to your shakes and smoothies, avocado seeds can be used in a million other ways.
- Save your guacamole dip leftovers by placing an avocado seed in the dish when you store it in the fridge.
- Exfoliate your skin with avocado seeds. It’s a great addition to face masks, just dry the seeds grind them and spice up your homemade mask.
- You can make an excellent tea from avocado seed. Boil the seed for about 30 minutes and pour it in a cup.
- Grow your own avocado tree from an avocado seed. It makes an excellent decorative plant.
- Avocado seed is an extraordinary natural food additive. A study from 2011, published in a Journal for Agriculture and Food Chemistry revealed that the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties make the seeds excellent for keeping food from spoiling.