Plants and Health

Avocado: against bad cholesterol


The avocado is the fruit of the avocado tree or Persea americana. The latter, from the Lauraceae family, can reach 12 to 15 m high.

Originally from Central America, more specifically Mexico, avocado is present on our plates throughout the year.

Rich in lipids, avocado offers many benefits for our health and beauty.

Read also: growing an avocado tree from a pit

Lawyer, for the record:

In the past, avocado was considered "the fruit of the poor". It was cultivated by the Aztec people 8,000 years ago. They nicknamed it "the tree of the testicles."

It was only in the 15th century that the lawyer arrived in Europe through the Spanish explorer, Cortez.

While in Europe avocado is appreciated as a starter, it is enjoyed as a dessert with lemon juice and sugar in its native land.

Avocado and its health benefits

Avocado regulates LDL, or "bad cholesterol", without lowering "good cholesterol". Thus the lawyer limits the appearance of cardiovascular disease, cardiac arrest and type II diabetes.

Avocado contributes to good intestinal transit. It fights against digestive problems, inflammations of the digestive system, ulcers of the intestine.

The lawyer is digest very easily thanks to the presence of fiber Avocado is also recommended for people prone to constipation.

Avocado is also a very good vitamin supplement. It is a source of vitamin A, essential for vision. Vitamin A deficiency increases the onset of vision problems such as cataracts or AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration). The avocado is therefore recommended in prevention of eye disorders.

Group E vitamins are effective in reducing joint inflammation. Lawyer is recommended for arthritis.

Avocado is a source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, which ensures cell renewal and the defense of our organism. Vitamin C deficiency generates stress and fatigue.

The lawyer prevents infections and stimulates the immune system. It is therefore recommended for pregnant women and the elderly.

Appreciated by athletes, avocado contributes to muscle growth and repair.

Avocado leaves used as an infusion relieve cough, the headache , the dysmenorrhea

The avocado core is known to master asthma attacks.

Avocado in the kitchen for its benefits

There are many ways to eat avocado: raw, in vinaigrette, in salad, stuffed, in mousse, in sushi or even in guacamole with crudités as an aperitif.

Better and healthier, go for mashed avocado with butter or mayonnaise.

It can also be eaten hot: in omelets, add the diced avocado at the last moments.

> The nutritional value of avocado:

Avocado is high in calories: 200 kcal / 100g. But it does contain essential fatty acids that make avocado your diet ally.

It is also rich in minerals: potassium (520mg / 100g) to regulate blood pressure, magnesium (30mg / 100g) to regulate stress and contribute to the immune system, the iron (0.55 mg / 100g) to fight anemia and transport oxygen.

It is rich in fiber (6.7 g / 100g), which gives it laxative properties.

Gourmet idea based on avocado

Avocado mousse verrines: Crush an avocado, add sour cream, shallots and lemon juice. Freshness guaranteed! For the greediest, a few shrimps can accompany the verrine

Internal use:

Avocado stone infusion : Peel the thin shell from the pit. Grate the pit. Cook the preparation over low heat until it turns a reddish color. Then steep your preparation in boiling water. Ideal for controlling an asthma attack.

The grated kernel can also accompany your salads, dishes and soups ...

However, do not overeat the avocado kernel, as it is rich in tannin, in large doses it can constipate.

Infusion of avocado leaves: for menstrual pain, headaches ...

They are also an effective remedy for canker sores : to do this rinse an avocado leaf, chew the leaf without swallowing it.

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Smart advice about the lawyer

Is your avocado ripening too slowly? To help it ripen, place it next to other fruit or wrap it in newspaper.

Are you having trouble peeling your lawyer? Place it in the palms of your hands to warm it up.

The avocado beauty tips:

Avocado oil, a natural remedy against stretch marks : Massage areas sensitive to stretch marks (breasts, thighs, stomach) with a mixture of 50ml of avocado oil and about 20 drops of lemon essential oil.

Do not neglect your feet, feed them by rubbing the upturned skin of the avocado with emphasis on the heels.

Your nourishing mask: Mash your avocado until you get a puree. Add two tablespoons of lemon juice and honey, and a tablespoon of heavy cream. Apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse.

Read also: growing an avocado tree from a pit

Video: How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally in 4 Steps. Dr. Josh Axe (October 2020).