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Have you ever wondered why most health foods are seasonal?
Consider the health glitches we often face with each season. We get oranges - some of the most potent Vitamin C sources - in winter, when we need them the most.
But the fruit we often take for granted, though, is the avocado, and it too is available just as we need it.
Here are the most well known health benefits of avocados for both adults and children:
l It protects against cholesterol-related heart diseases.
l It reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. (And winter has a way of piling these into our bloodstreams because of our need for comfort foods).
l It is used both for the prevention and treatment of prostate and breast cancers.
Scientists have proven that the toxins in avocado kills cancer cells.
These so-called toxins have a great effect on the tissues, particularly heart muscle tissues. (Usually these can be decreased through exercise and good diet but most people cease going to gym in winter and pile up on toxins instead).
Avocado also contains minerals such as potassium, calcium, vitamin C and K, folic acid, copper, sodium and the dietary fibre that the body needs.
People who live in hot climates tend to suffer great mineral and water loss.
So, eating more avocados is suggested by medical professionals. (We also tend to go for hot beverages and we don't drink nearly enough water and so - avocados to the rescue).
Oleic acid in avocado can help to lower blood cholesterol levels.
The potassium in avocado regulates blood pressure. Avocado is also rich in antioxidants, and is rivalled in this department only by green tea.
It is entirely sodium-free, which means it can help to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
One avocado is said to have all the nutrients of a banana, a pomegranate, an orange and an apple and all their fibre in one - and they are also are said to be great aphrodisiacs.
A half of a Fuerte fruit supplies a great percentage of our daily nutrient needs.
Avocado is used for circulatory problems and its oil is a top ingredient used for the treatment of a range of conditions such as dry, oily and acne-prone skin and to heal scars.