How often do you include avocados in your weekly diet? I am sure you have heard that avocados are rich in fats and calories, but did you know they are also among the best foods to eat since they are full of nutrients and healthy compounds that leave you looking healthy and young? This is because they contain healthy fats that are required by your body. Let’s talk about the health benefits that will make you eat this fruit on a daily basis.

Great antioxidants

Antioxidants aid in regenerating the skin, which leads to your skin looking healthy and beautiful, and these antioxidants are found in avocados. Antioxidants also help in removing damaging toxins from your body, which lead to the growth of cancer cells. Lowering or eliminating the level of toxins in your body gives you a much better chance at preventing or fighting cancer.

Lowers Cholesterol Level

A high level of cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. Avocados are a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, a type of fat that may actually help to raise levels of HDL (“good” cholesterol) while lowering levels of LDL (“bad” cholesterol). This creamy delectable fruit packs more of the cholesterol-smashing beta-sitosterol (a beneficial plant-based fat) than any other fruit. Beta-sitosterol reduces the amount of cholesterol absorbed from food. So the combination of beta-sitosterol and monounsaturated fat, as well as a good source of folate and potassium, makes the avocado an excellent cholesterol buster and heart friendly food. In fact, most people don’t know that avocados have a lot more potassium than bananas.

Healthier Skin

The fats in avocados are not only good for your heart, but may help reduce skin damage. Damage from the sun’s rays can lead to premature aging of the skin, like wrinkles. Research shows avocados may enhance DNA repair and reduce existing UV damage. This means you can get anti-aging benefits without shelling out for the latest serum or cream.

Maintain Healthy Weight

Half an avocado carries 6 to 7 grams of fiber which makes you get full for longer thereby aiding in weight loss. Feeling fuller for longer will keep you away from the bad type of high calorie foods that you might want to eat in between meals. A hormone called adiponectin found in avocados helps your body to burn off excess fat cells instead of burning the muscle cells. Fiber also helps in digestion and bowel regulation, thereby aiding in maintaining a healthy weight.

If you are underweight on the other hand and need to gain some weight, daily generous consumption of avocados can be helpful. This is because avocados contain a lot of nutrients and calories that will help you add some weight. The healthy fats in the avocados will help in the absorption of other nutrients from different foods.

Treatment of Arthritis

One more avocado health benefit is the effect that it has on osteoarthritis. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, avocados may reduce the pain and damage of arthritis caused by inflammation in the joints and the surrounding muscles.

In conclusion, avocados have become a favorite to many. They are no longer just used in guacamole and sandwiches. There are so many ways you can eat avocados – from smashed avocado on toast and adding it to your smoothie to desserts such as nice cream (blended frozen bananas & avocado). The fats in avocado are also pretty resistant to heat-induced oxidation, making avocado oil a healthy and safe choice for cooking. So go ahead, include this fruit in your meals daily and take in the many health benefits avocados have to offer!