Avocados Can Balance Hormones, Boost Metabolism, and Fight Disease
Avocados are great news for menopausal women as they are able to block the oestrogen receptors in our cells (which lead to hormone imbalances ) and reduce oestrogen absorption rates, increasing progesterone levels.
Avocados have powerful anti-ageing properties contained in both the flesh and the oil. Scientists have recently discovered that avocados possess potent anti-ageing properties. The central components of our cells are mitochondria which produce the majority of a cell’s energy from nutrients, and play a very important role in the fight against free radicals. Unfortunately, they have a dark side – they generate unstable chemicals that inflict damage to both the mitochondria itself and other cellular components. Avocados are able to penetrate deeply inside our cell structures, enter the mitochondria and activate its energy production, allowing cells to function properly even while being constantly attacked by free radicals.
This damage directly affects ageing. It has been the goal of many scientists to find remedies that will reverse this damage. They have found it in avocado oil! This new discovery can truly revolutionise our view of avocados. Lead study design author, Dr. Christian Cortez-Rojo, noted that “avocado oil causes accelerated respiration in mitochondria, which indicates that the use of nutrients for producing energy for cell functions remains effective even in cells attacked by free radicals.
Avocados are a great source of healthy raw fat, which is missing in many people’s diets today. They contain around 20 essential nutrients which include:
- Potassium (more than twice the amount found in a banana)
- Vitamin E
In addition, avocados boost your body’s ability to absorb fat-soluble nutrients from other fruits and vegetables, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein. Avocados possess antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help to support a healthy immune system. Avocados are a wonderful source of the amino acid lecithin, which prevents liver overload, helps to balance weight, and boosts brain functions. On top of the many health benefits of avocados, avocado oil has an exceptionally high smoke point. Cooking with oils at temperatures above their set smoke point can create trans fats – a leading contributor to heart disease, cancer and other chronic health conditions. Protect your heart and health with avocado oil!
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- 3 large avocado, soft and ripe
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 3-6 tablespoons coconut milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
1. Combine avocado, cacao powder, coconut milk, vanilla, coconut oil and honey in blender. Blend on high for 1 minute or until smooth.
2. Refrigerate for 30 minutes