I am known by my followers as the Avocado Advocate, I love them and try and sneak them into my recipes wherever I can as they are such a nutritious fruit.
They are packed full of fibre, which helps keep us full, and is good for gut health.
They contain a multitude of wonderful vitamins and minerals including the fat soluble ones A, C, E and K and the fat in the avocado helps absorb these vital nutrients.
Vitamin A is good for our cells and helps protect the immune system.
Vitamin C is great for wound healing and also our immune system.
Vitamin E is a really powerful anti-oxidant which can help to heal chronic health conditions such as heart disease and it helps protect the body from free radicals the horrible things that damage our cells and are all around us , in the air, our food, if we smoke, and even if we over exercise.
Vitamin K is needed for blood clotting and bone health and is often prescribed together with vitamin D to help protect us from osteoporosis.
B vitamins feature heavily in avocados as well and we need these for energy and hormone health.
Folic acid is vitamin B9 and we don’t make it in our bodies so it is given in the form of folic acid to expectant mums while the baby develops in the womb.
Avocado has a huge range also of minerals.
Potassium is one and avocados contain more potassium than bananas which not a lot of people expect. Potassium helps to keep water balance between our cells and bold fluids and it keeps our heart beating in a natural rhythm, the reason properly why they are heart healthy fruits.
Magnesium helps turn the food we eat in to energy and is often paired with vitamin B6 for hormone health, to help with PMS or menopause symptoms.
- It helps ensure the parathyroid glands that produce hormones for bone health work normally.
- Lack of magnesium can lead to poor bone health, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
- It also helps to give us a good night’s sleep.
- Finally it activates Vitamin D without it vitamin D cannot do its job.
Lutein is in avocados as well this is so important for our eye health along with Vitamin A and can help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
People’s fear of avocados is that they contain high calories, but the health benefits far outweigh that. They contain good fats called monounsaturated fats which is known to reduce cholesterol and maintain a healthy weight so get stuck in and do be scared to eat them.
Avocados can be used in so many ways.
From smoothies, soups, dips, spread on toast, made in to pesto, or mayonnaise, put in sandwiches and wraps, baked in oven, put in cakes and puddings the list is endless.
Here is a healthy anti-inflammatory shot with 5 S.M.A.R.T ingredients using avocado
Tsp grated ginger
½ tsp turmeric
7 pieces of pineapple
Cup of spinach
Put all ingredients in to blender with some coconut water and whizz up. Enjoy…………………