Wondering if people will stop raving about avocados any time soon? Probably not, because they’re quite literally superfoods. Oh great, now you have to put up with us talking about them too! Well, now that you’re here, you might as well learn what all the fuss is about…
Avocados have quite a large portfolio when it comes to their range of benefits – they have been linked to cancer protection, decreased risk of depression, and improved eye health and digestion. Avocados contain phytochemicals that, studies have shown, inhibit precancerous and cancerous cell growth and also kill off cancerous cells.
Avocados are packed full of healthy vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B-6, C, E, and K, and other essentials such as potassium, magnesium, folate, and niacin. You might have heard about the importance of folate for a healthy pregnancy, but its benefits extend beyond this. Folate also discourages the build-up of homocysteine, which impairs circulation and stops important nutrients from reaching your brain – resulting in depression. The folate present in avocados thus may help fend off depression.
When people think of bone health, their minds usually associate calcium and Vitamin D as essentials. But Vitamin K, found in avocados, is also super important for bone health – and you can get as much as 25% of the recommended daily Vitamin K intake out of just half an avocado.
Still not sold on avocados? Well, how about appreciating them for their impressive fiber content? With around 6-7 grams of fiber present in just half an avocado, this superfood discourages constipation, decreases the risk of colon cancer, and improves digestion. New research event suggests that fiber reduces inflammation and helps maintain a healthy immune system.
While hearing people talk so much about avocados might be annoying, the hype seems to be somewhat warranted, don’t you think? Maybe have an avocado every now and then – our little secret!