Avocado seeds possess high amount of antioxidants which helps to lower cholesterol, counteracts diseases, prevents cardiovascular disease and strokes. It is also effective for diarrhea, inflammation of GI tract, also prevents from viral, bacterial diseases and gastric ulcers. The presence of flavonol in avocado seed helps to prohibit the growth of tumor. Avocado seeds also help to enhance the immune system which assists to counteract with the diseases. The antioxidants flush out the free radical which helps to slow down the aging process. The anti-inflammatory property of avocado seeds helps to cure the joint diseases and arthritis. The studies have shown that the avocado seed oil helps to raise collagen in the skin which provides the wrinkle free and young skin. Avocado seed oil also helps to provide shiny hair.
Health Benefits of Avocado seeds
Avocado provides the antiparasitic and antibiotic effects. The poultice made from the leaves helps to speed up the healing process. According to Purdue University “The consumption of tea helps to treat diarrhea and sore throats.” The health benefits provided by an avocado seeds are:
1. Reduce Inflammation and Ease Joint Pain
Inflammation is the cause of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis and stroke. The antioxidants are found in higher level in the avocado skin and seeds. The antioxidants such as procyandins and catechins helps in reducing pain, stiffness, anti-inflammatories, swelling and loss of joint function. The presence of these two antioxidants also helps to enhance the blood circulation and heart health.
2. Lowers cholesterol
The study made in animals, published in March 2012 in the journal “Plant Foods in Human Nutrition” reports that the seeds of avocado helps to prevent the arterial plaque. The presence of fibers in huge amount helps to reduce the cholesterol levels absorption. The antioxidants found in avocado helps to prevent the cardiovascular disease by restricting the lipid oxidation which causes an arterial plaque formation.
3. Lowers High Blood Pressure
Avocado seeds are rich in potassium which opens the blood vessels. The tension of blood vessels and arteries are soothed by reducing high blood pressure. Potassium also reduces the sodium effect which regulates blood pressure. The study made on Hypertension, which was published in 2005 reports that the consumption of potassium rich foods helps to lower the effect on blood pressure as potassium chloride. The control of blood pressure helps to lower the chances of strokes and heart diseases.
4. Optimal for Digestive health
The avocado seeds are used to cure gastric ulcers, dysentery and digestive issues in ancient South America. The fibers and antioxidants present on avocado seeds provide various benefits to the digestive system.
5. Strengthens Immune System
The antioxidants such as catehchins and procyandins contain the anti-inflammatory property which helps to lessen the joint pain, stiffness, diseases and swelling. The anti-inflammatory property helps to boost the immune system and eliminates flus and colds. The in-vitro study which was published in 2009 in Journal Revista de Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical, summarizes that the antibiotic and antifungal properties of avocado seed extract prohibits the unhealthy pathogens such as candida, along with other fungi. The immune system is reduced by the fungal and candida infections.
6. Cancer prevention
It is not confirmed that the avocado seeds can treat cancer. The research executed on the rodents found that the chemical compound present on avocado seeds has anti-tumor capabilities. The researchers only rely on the flavonols present on seeds. More research should be carried out to notice the same effect on the cancer cells of human.
7. Banish carvings and Shed Fat
The fiber present in avocado seeds helps to keep full and satiated. It also helps to maintain the blood sugar levels.
8. Ease toothache
The piece of pit should be cut off and it should be applied to the sore tooth to calm pain. It can also be helped by gargling with a cooled tea.
9. Delays aging process
The antioxidants found in the avocado seeds help to prevent the skin cells damage. It also prevents from the age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage and sagging skin. The avocado oil seed helps to raise the skin collagen which is essential for the firm, youthful and smooth skin. The massage done with the avocado oil helps to stimulate the generation of new skin cells. It also boosts the circulation in the body.
10. Supports weight loss
As avocado seeds are rich in antioxidants it helps to burn the fat resulting in weight loss. The presence of fiber provides the feeling of fullness for long time which prevents from consuming calorie-rich snacks. Magnesium, calcium and potassium are possessed on the pit which helps to assist weight loss, overall health and fitness recovery. A smoothie should be made with 1 green apple, ½ of a banana, 1 tablespoon of ginger, ½ of an avocado seed, juice of 1 lemon and ½ cup of spinach.
11. Fights cataracts
An avocado seeds assist to eliminate cataracts from forming. Few drops of avocado oil should be applied from the seed to eyes in the morning and evening. The oil should not be contaminated with bacteria.
12. Makes hair shiny
The homemade shampoo from avocado seeds is free of toxic ingredients and also assists to make the hair thick and soft. It also prevents from graying of hair.
Prevent bone diseases
The avocado seeds should be grinded and sprinkle it on the food/ drink helps to provide an adequate amount of calcium for bone growth and teeth.
13. Fight tumors
The study which was conducted on rats reports that the intake of avocado seeds helps to eliminate the tumor growth because of the presence of high flavonol content.
Suggested uses of Avocado seeds
- The avocado seeds should be crushed and mixed with alcohol and let it soaks for a week. This alcohol should be massaged or rubbed for joint and muscle pains. To treat migraines, it should be massaged gently on the neck and temples.
- The cream made from the seed’s powder helps to remove the boils and blemishes. The powder should be mixed with a little hot water and this paste placed between two layers of grease should be applied to the skin for 5 to 10 minutes. It could be used every day until it is removed.
- To treat dandruff and shiny hair: The raw seed should be grated and mixed with castor oil and let it soak for a day. It should be rubbed on the scalp and head should be covered with a towel and let it remain for an hour and then wash. It is not recommended for very oily hair.
- Seeds powder should be used to tone and exfoliate the skin.