Avocados are rich in nutrients. But many are not aware that the seed of the avocado also is integral part of this super food.
Is it safe to eat avocado seed?
Unlike other seeds of fruit, the seed of the avocado contains cyanide.
Instead, the seed of the avocado contains tannins and natural polyphenols which can be found in red wine and green tea.
In a study published in 2013 in Scientific World Journal, the researchers concluded that the extract from the seeds of avocado at doses below 250 mg / kg are safe and shows no toxicity.
According to this study, “the seed holds 70% of the total antioxidants of avocados, including polyphenols commonly associated with green tea.” It is also rich in soluble fiber and healthy oils.
The flesh of the avocado has been immensely studied, especially by the cardiovascular health community, and found to produce positive effects against blood lipids.
It contains potassium which assist in the promotion of normalized blood pressure. Avocado flesh also provides lutein that controls both oxidative and inflammatory stress.
Phenols are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in numerous plants, including the avocado and its seed.
These amazing seeds actually contain four classes of polyphenolic which include proanthocyanidins flavonoids, flavanol glycosides, flavanol monomers, and hydroxycinnamic acids.
Scientists have also found the existence of procyanidin A trimers, 3-O-caffeoylquinic acid, and 3-O-p-coumaroylquinic acid. These are anticarcinogenic and provide antioxidative properties which are also effective against many liver disorders.
Avocado seeds demonstrated the ability to treat acute myeloid leukemia in laboratory testing.
Improve the cardiovascular system
It was discovered that the extract from the seed of the avocado may be beneficial for patients with cardiovascular diseases.
In clinical trials the extract incited a noticeable vasorelaxation response in aorta vessel walls. This means it has the ability to relax blood vessels.
This extract reduces LDL cholesterol or bad cholesterol without increasing triglycerides or lowering HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
It contains a large amount of fiber that have extremely positive impact on digestion, so it is used for the prevention of cancer.
The fruit of the avocado has about 4.6 grams of dietary fiber. The recommended dosage is 6-8 grams of soluble fiber.
Research noticed analgesic, and antiulcer effects of avocado seed extract. Consuming the extract helped speed up wound healing. It demonstrated significant effects of preventing the development of stomach ulcer.
The same antioxidative polyphenols that were previously mentioned also boost the immune system and incite anti-inflammatory actions.
The effectual anti-inflammatory actions are beneficial in treating many forms of arthritis. Avocado seed extract also possesses powerful antibiotic; anti-microbial; antifungal; and antiviral properties which lend to its immune system boosting effects.
Oxidative stress can cause premature aging of the skin. Antioxidants found in this extract are effective in maintaining the health of the skin and prevent wrinkles. Polyphenols also show the ability to significantly prevent the harmful effects of UV rays and cause apoptosis of tumor cells caused by this radiation.
The oils within avocado seeds measurably increase collagen formation. Even greater collagen enhance was found from consuming the fruit itself.
How to eat an avocado seed
Eating an avocado seed is a rather simple process.
Remove the seed from the fruit and place in a plastic zip-lock bag. Use a blunt object such as a hammer to pulverize the pit. The pulp may be added to healthy fruit and/or vegetable smoothie recipes.
You can also cut it into quarters using a knife and pop it in the blender so it becomes a powder before adding it to your smoothie.
The taste is supposed to be quite strong so mixing with strong flavours like frozen berries, kale, spinach or pineapple is a good idea.
½ avocado seed
½ avocado fruit
1 cup coconut milk
1 pear; chopped
½ apple; chopped
1 cup fresh spinach
All the ingredients put into a blender and mix until you get smooth mixture. You can add a few ice cubes, frozen fruit, mango, melon or berries. Enjoy this healthy drink!