The healing power of avocado

The avocado tree originally grows in Mexico and Central America. The tree is related to the laurel, camphor and cinnamon trees. Avocado has been used in Inca culture for many millennia. The oldest evidence of human use of avocado dates back to 10,000 years BC. In the 16th century, the Spaniard Martín Fernández de Enciso was the first European to come into contact with the avocado. The name avocado was probably first written down in English by Hans Sloane. The avocado tree was introduced to Indonesia in 1750. Afterwards the tree was introduced to all tropical countries. NB! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.

Avocados / Source: Nikodem Nijaki, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

Contents:

  • Vitamins in avocado
  • Minerals in avocado
  • Healthy fats
  • Naming
  • Active substances
  • Avocado helps recovery
  • Avocado as a diuretic
  • Avocado for cardiovascular disease
  • Other medicinal activities avocado
  • External use of avocado oil

Vitamins in avocado

An avocado contains a large amount of vitamins. Pantothenic acid or vitamin B5 is most represented in this tropical fruit. 100 grams of avocado contains 28% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin B5. Pirydoxine or vitamin B6 and folic acid or B11 both contain 20% of the RDI in this fruit. Vitamin C and vitamin K contain 17% of the RDA in the avocado. Vitamin E follows with 14%, B3 with 11%, B2 with 10% and vitamins A and B1 each contain 5% of the RDI in this green, creamy fruit.

Minerals in avocado

Avocados on the tree / Source: Leoadec, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

An ounce of avocado contains 21% of the RDA of copper, 10% of potassium and iron, magnesium and phosphorus all contain 7% of the RDA. The RDA percentages for manganese and zinc are 6%. All in all, you can say that there is a wide variety of vitamins and minerals in the avocado, but that no one type stands out. You can assume that most avocados on the market weigh more than 100 grams; some specimens can weigh 300 to 700 grams. By eating just one large avocado, humans get enough vitamins B5, B5, B11, C, K and copper!

Healthy fats

In terms of phytonutrients, the avocado can be praised for its variety of vitamins and minerals, but much more important is the fact that it contains many extremely healthy fats. Avocados contain only 16% saturated fatty acids; the rest is unsaturated. Moreover, this healthy fruit contains omega 3 and even more omega 6 and omega 9 fats.

Naming

In Latin, avocado is called Persea americana . Avocado is a Spanish spelling of the original word from the Aztec language. In almost all languages, the word avocado resembles eggnog and the fruit is called eggnog pear as an alternative name. Persea was a name given to many fruits in what was called the West Indies in the 17th century, today’s North and South America. Americana was given to all products from America or America. By the way, the name America comes from its discoverer Amerigo Vespucci. Normally surnames are used to pay tribute to a person, but the name Vespucci was less easy to Latinize. In any case, it wouldn’t have made much difference if we were now talking about North and South Vespuccica.

Active substances

Only the fruit of the avocado tree, also called avocado pear, is used for phytotherapeutic purposes. The fruit mainly contains fats. Such as the omega 9 fatty acid oleic acid, palmitic acid, linoleic acid, lecithin, the vitamins and minerals described above and vegetable proteins.

Avocado helps recovery

Avocados are so rich in nutrients that it is recommended to eat them to gain strength. Recovering and sick people can make their healing process go more smoothly by enjoying this tropical fruit with a high complete nutritional value. Avocados contain more vitamin D than eggs and butter. Vitamin D is necessary for bone building and to prevent osteoporosis. The exceptionally high nutritional value gives the avocado medicinal qualities that make it possible

Flowers on the avocado tree / Source: B. Navez, Bff, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

are used for:

  • Recovery from sick visits,
  • Recovery from surgery,
  • Recovery from a long-term illness,
  • Prevention of osteoporosis.

In folk medicine, avocado puree is applied to psoriasis.

Avocado as a diuretic

Avocado belongs to the diuretic fruits; These are fruits that stimulate the kidneys to work better, causing uric acid to be removed from the body more quickly. Uric acid is the cause of gout, which is why avocado works well to eliminate the cause of this annoying and painful condition. Therefore, a herbal therapist may decide to prescribe the green-colored flesh of the avocado pear for:

  • Arthritis urica or gout,
  • Hyperuricemia or high uric acid levels.

Avocado for cardiovascular disease

Avocado protects against cardiovascular diseases. This is partly because this fruit contains many antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent arteriosclerosis, which is widely known to be the cause of cardiovascular disease. In addition, an avocado contains many mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are also found in olive oil. It is known that people who eat a lot of these fatty acids suffer significantly less from cardiovascular problems.

Other medicinal activities avocado

  • Vitamins A, E and vitamin B complex, together with lecithin, are good for stress problems.
  • These vitamins and lecithin may also increase fertility and decrease impotence.
  • The healthy fats and vitamins A, D and E can make eczema problems disappear.
  • Vitamin B6 is ideally suited to remedy mood swings caused by PMS.

External use of avocado oil

Besides avocado, avocado oil is very healthy. You can eat the oil or use it for frying. This oil can be heated once. Avocado oil is used externally in phytotherapy. Naturally, the oil has moisturizing properties and avocado oil also promotes collagen synthesis because it contains vitamins A and E. Improved collagen synthesis means the skin is rejuvenated. In addition, avocado oil has an anti-inflammatory effect. Because it has a high penetration power, it is used as an anti-wrinkle agent. To top it all off, it is an emollient that combats dry and flaking skin. This makes it a perfect remedy for dry eczema and other skin infections.