5 benefits of avocado seeds
KANGJO.NET, Kelua City. As reported by Katadata.co.id. The benefits of avocado seeds can treat and prevent several worrisome health conditions. However, further research is still needed regarding the safety of consuming avocado seeds.
Avocado is a fruit that is quite popular among the people of Indonesia. Besides being widely sold in the market and planted in the yard of the house, some people sell it as juice in cafes to restaurants. This plant originating from the American continent has a number of characteristics. Generally, this fruit has a sweet and fresh taste when consumed. The fruit is green with an oval or oval shape.
Avocado fruit can be consumed either directly or processed first into various foods or drinks. This fruit is believed to contain nutrients that are good for health. According to the book “The A-Z Guide to Food as Medicine” by Diane Kraft, avocados are an excellent source of folate, rich in monounsaturated fats, and a source of the phytochemicals lutein, xeaxanthin, and beta-sitosterol.
Benefits of Avocado Seed Referring to U.S. data Department of Agriculture (USDA), in 100 grams (g) of avocado contains nutrients:
Calories (kcal) 160.
Fat 15 g.
Saturated fat 2.1 g.
Total carbohydrates 9 g.
Dietary fiber 7 g.
Sugar 0.7 g.
Cholesterol 0 mg.
Potassium 485 mg.
Sodium 7 mg.
Proteins 2 g.
Vitamin C 10 mg.
Iron 0.6 mg.
Vitamin B6 0.3 mg.
Magnesium 29 mg.
Calcium 12 mg.
Vitamin D 0 IU.
Vitamin B12 0 g.
In addition to the flesh, there is another part of the avocado that also has various benefits, namely the seeds. Avocado seeds are actually good for health. This part contains antioxidants, fiber, and fatty acids that can overcome a number of conditions in the body.
The benefits of avocado seeds can be obtained from the extract in supplements. However, some of its benefits still require further research. However, it's a good idea to consult a doctor first before trying to eat avocado seeds. Citing various sources, here are the benefits of avocado seeds for health:
1. Rich in Antioxidants
The National University of Singapore conducted a study in 2003 to observe the antioxidant content in the seeds of avocado, mango and other tropical fruits. It was found that the seeds of the fruit contain 70% more antioxidant value than the fruit itself which, when eaten, can help prevent oxidative stress at the cellular level in the body. The antioxidants in avocado seeds can help reduce cell aging, fight inflammation, and improve the condition of the whole body.
2. Good Source of Potassium
Referring to an article published by the California Avocado Society shows that avocado seeds are part of this fruit which is rich in potassium, which makes it an excellent source of fluid balancing nutrients. Potassium helps remove excess toxins and fluids from the body and reduces muscle cramps.
3. Prevents Cancer
Research related to cancer drugs has been carried out for a long time, but recently avocado seeds have received more attention from researchers who examine its relationship with the prevention of acute myelocytic leukemia (AML). AML originates in the bone marrow and, once it develops, spreads to the bloodstream in the form of leukemia.
In April 2015 scientists from the University of Waterloo and Mount Sinai Hospital in Canada teamed up with scientists from the University of Perugia in Italy to study the effects of various untested compounds on AML cancer cells, and avocado seeds proved to be the most effective. A compound known as avocatin B was found to not only destroy AML cancer cells but also to have no negative side effects on healthy blood cells.
4. Inhibits Fungal Infections
A study was conducted by the Society of Tropical Medicine in 2009 to observe the effect of avocado seed extract on candida, fungal and bacterial infections. Researchers found that avocado seed extract helped inhibit pathogens such as fungal bacteria and candida. Interestingly, it also helps prevent yellow fever. Adding avocado seeds to your diet can help reduce yeast infections and restore the balance of good bacteria in your digestive tract.
5. Cure Digestive Disorders
South Americans have known the digestive benefits of avocado seeds for hundreds of years and have used them to treat ulcers, constipation, and diarrhea. Avocado seeds contain soluble fiber and powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that help reduce flatulence and eliminate toxins and waste that can cause complications. In addition to the above properties, the benefits of avocado seeds can also help lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease, prevent blood sugar imbalances, reduce inflammation, prevent Alzheimer's, and improve skin health and appearance.
How to Consume
Avocado Seeds As we all know, avocados have hard seeds. Quoting Healthline, to consume it, first dry the seeds in the oven at high temperature (121 degrees Celsius) for about two hours. After the seeds are dried, they can be chopped and put in a blender or food processor until they are powdered. Furthermore, the powder can be added to smoothies or used in teas or sauces. However, keep in mind, drying the seeds can reduce their antioxidant content, so some of the expected benefits may be difficult to obtain. In addition, there is no evidence to show that avocado seeds are safe for consumption.
This article has been published on Katadata.co.id with the title "The Benefits of Avocado Seeds and How to Consume Them",