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Health Benefits of Avocado Seeds

Avocados provide several practical and medicinal uses in addition to being a highly nutritious component of a healthy diet.  Avocado seeds also offer a range of potential health benefits.

Antioxidants

A range of antioxidant phytochemicals in avocado seed, including flavanols and proanthocyanidins might make avocado seed extract useful as a healthy food additive or antioxidant supplement, according to a study published in May 2012 issue of the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry." Antioxidant and antimicrobial effects of avocado seed might also help prevent food spoilage. Seed and skin extracts protected against oxidation of fats and proteins in prepared meats, and moderately inhibited some types of pathogenic bacteria.

Cholesterol-lowering

Avocado seed lowered cholesterol levels and may protect against arterial plaque formation. Researchers attributed the cholesterol-lowering benefits to the seed's high dietary fiber content, which lowers cholesterol levels by binding to cholesterol in the intestinal tract and preventing absorption. The Antioxidant activity of avocado seed might also help prevent cardiovascular disease by inhibiting lipid oxidation, a process that leads to arterial plaque formation. Further studies are needed to determine whether these benefits extend to humans.

 

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