Because it has 63% oleic acid, avocado pulp or oil, when applied topically, eases inflammation, heals wounds, and helps cell regeneration. It can even heal psoriasis or eczema. Its fatty alcohol and vits C and E check UV damage and skin cancer and help repair DNA. With its antioxidants fighting free radical damage and vits, fats, and plant chemicals fortifying the skin’s collagen, avocados keep your skin supple and youthful.
While nutritionists across the world haven’t stopped raving about the benefits of avocado for overall health and weight loss, the succulent fruit’s goodness for the skin has started gaining ground.
Avocado, also known as alligator pear, is native to south central Mexico and comes in an assortment of shapes, from a round cannonball to a tear drop. While depending on the variety, the flesh of the avocado can range from bright yellow to pale yellow to yellow-green, all avocados have a smooth texture and nutty flavor.
Avocado, A Health Hero
The medical anthropologist John Heinerman, in his book, Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Juices, called avocado “nature’s own green butter” and found that one avocado, about 170 g, contains: 23 mg calcium, 95 mg phosphorous, 1.4 mg iron, 9 mg sodium, 1,386 mg potassium, 660 I.U. vitamin A, 8.6 mg niacin, and 82 mg vitamin C.
No wonder that this nutritionally dense fruit, used for making dips, chips, smoothies, salads, and other delicacies, can help reduce cholesterol. In fact, including one fresh avocado a day as part of a moderate-fat diet has shown cholesterol-lowering effects, and despite its high calorie content — about 110 to 180 Kcal per half, depending on the variety and size of the fruit — it shows no abnormal spike in blood sugar levels in overweight adults.
Avocado, A Skin Savior
Coming back to the fruit’s benefit for your skin, there are multiple ways of using it to tackle skin woes. Regular consumption of avocado nourishes the skin internally, and topical application of its juicy pulp or oil (extracted from the pulp, not seed) moisturizes the skin and heals dryness and acne.
Heinerman mentions that when the fruit, rich in healthy oils and fat, is regularly consumed, the sebaceous glands secrete the oily semi-fluid natural sebum that keeps the skin hydrated and also helps the muscles and joints stay agile.
Supposedly, the Mayans in Central and South America consumed the fruit extensively to keep the skin youthful and supple.
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