Ten Amazing Benefits Of Avocado Oil
At Farmers’ Almanac, we know that healthy fats are important to your diet, and we like to pass on the latest finds for better health and well being, and avocado oil certainly fits the bill! So what are the benefits of this oil?
Avocados are considered one of the top superfoods for a healthy lifestyle. The secret to this super fruit (yes, it is a fruit) is in the oil. Avocado oil is one of healthiest oils available, but if you’re like most people, you probably aren’t using it.
Avocado oil is not only healthy, but is also a flavorful addition to your food. It can be used in place of other cooking oils, butter, and margarine. The oleic acid in avocado oil makes it highly resistant to oxidation, meaning it won’t go rancid as quickly as many other oils in your cupboard.
Avocado oil also has a high smoke-point (the temperature in which oil begins to degrade under heat), making it an optimal choice for high-heat cooking, such as stir-frying and sautéing. It can withstand high temperatures without breaking down and losing its health benefits as many other oils do.
While it is a good choice for high-heat cooking, it is also delicious for drizzling and salad dressings.
Avocado oil’s benefits, however, are not limited to the kitchen. Keep reading to find out why you should add avocado oil to your next grocery list.
- Lowers Cholesterol: Avocado oil is high in mono unsaturated fats and low in saturated fats. It is also cholesterol free. Adding avocado oil to your diet can help to lower low density lipid (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol levels. This is a particularly good diet choice for diabetics.
- Lowers Blood Pressure: Avocado oil is high in potassium and vitamin E, which keep the blood vessels healthy by eradicating free radicals. Diets containing avocado oil also alter the levels of essential fatty oils in the kidneys. This effects how they respond to the hormones that regulate your blood pressure. Furthermore, avocado oil is an anti-inflammatory which can help to prevent damage to arterial walls, reducing the risk of hearth disease that is caused by plaque build-up. Because your body absorbs vitamin E much more efficiently from natural food sources than from supplements, adding avocado oil to your diet is a good choice.
- Detox Your Body: Avocado oil contains chlorophyll, a natural source of magnesium, which naturally removes heavy metals like mercury and lead from the liver, kidneys, brain and other organs.
- Helps Fight and Prevent Cancer- Avocado oil is rich in monounsaturated oleic acid, the same omega 9 EFA found in olive oil. One of oleic acid’s many benefits is lowering the risk of cancers. Omega 3 fatty acids, also found in avocado oil, are well known anti-carcinogens that help to slow the growth of cancer cells, specifically those causing breast and colon cancer. Avocados also contain the anti-carcinogenic antioxidant glutathione.
- Treat Skin Damage and Irritations: Avocado oil is very penetrative and is believed to be absorbed through the epidermis and into the dermal layer of skin, which most moisturizers and oils are unable to do. Avocado oil has been known to treat dry, flaky skin and sunburn. Used over time, avocado oil can reduce the appearance of minor sun damage, age spots and scarring. The omega 3s and vitamin E found in avocado oil also make it a great choice for treating skin irritations, such as eczema, psoriasis, cracked heels, dandruff, and insect bites and stings. A thin layer of avocado oil on your skin goes a long way. Massage directly into your skin or add a few drops alone, or with essential oils, to your bath water, especially during the winter to help retain moisture. To ward off dry skin, try mixing avocado oil and olive oil and massage them into your skin after bathing.
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