Avocados are extremely delicious and healthy. The avocado fruit can be added to almost any kinds of meals, salads, or sandwiches. You can also make a homemade guacamole if you love nachos. However, almost all of us always throw away its seeds, and it is a huge mistake!
Namely, it seems that these seeds have been regarded as extremely beneficial in the traditional medicine for decades.
You may have heard that some seeds can be toxic, like the ones from fruits like cherries, plums and apricots, which contain the toxic chemical However, do not worry, as this is not the case with the avocado seed.
The avocado seed contain mildly toxic compounds, tannins, which means that you need to consume several before you notice any negative side effect. Yet, a study published in the Scientific World Journal in 2013, found that the avocado seed extract is completely safe and it didn’t show any toxicity.
Health Benefits of Eating Avocado Seeds
The green delicious fruit is loaded with folate, Vitamin B and contains high amount of healthy fats. But, did you know that the avocado seeds are also loaded with healthy nutrients as well. The seed is a good and beneficial source of bioactive phytochemicals. The avocado seeds contain almost 70% of the avocados antioxidants. As we mentioned, the avocado seed is loaded with healthy nutrients, such as: fatty acids, triterpenes, phytosterols, and glucosides from abscisic acid. The antioxidant phytochemicals in avocado seeds include proanthocyanids and Flavonoids. We can also say that the avocado seeds are considered to be one of the best sources of soluble fiber.
We can easily say that the avocado seeds have many healthy properties, such as: antifungal, antibiotic, antimicrobial, insecticidal, larvicidal, amoebicidal, giardicidal, hypolipidemic, and antihypertensive properties.
1. Helps Fight Cancer
The powerful antioxidants in avocado seeds called flavonols (and numerous other as well) have anti-tumor properties. Researchers from the University of Antiqua in Medellin discovered that avocado seeds extract made leukemia cells to self-destroy and they published their discovery in the journal Pharmaceutical biology.
A recent study published in the journalCancer Research showed that avocation B, a substance found in the avocado seeds, can fight acute myeloid leukemia cells. In the study, 800 natural products were tested against the human acute myeloid leukemia cells.
2. Benefits heart disease patients
According to a study, published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, in 2012, the study researchers found that avocado seed flour reduced the total cholesterol and LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol levels in mice. The study experts also said that the avocado seeds could offer protection against arterial plaque formation. The study researchers also found that the dietary fiber found in avocado seeds is linked with lower cholesterol. This is because the fiber will bind to the cholesterol in the intestinal tract and prevent it from being absorbed. Another scientific research shows that avocado seeds can lower the high cholesterol levels and hypertension. They also found that avocado seeds are extremely beneficial in preventing diabetes and fighting inflammation.
3. Digestive benefits
Eating avocado seeds can also help with digestion. South Americans once used avocado seeds for treating gastric ulcers, severe diarrhea (dysentery), acute diarrhea, and other digestive problems. The antioxidants and fiber found in the avocado seed are beneficial for digestion.
4. Strengthens the immune system
Avocado seeds contain procyandins and catehchins which possess anti-oxidant properties which reduce swelling, stiffness, diseases and joint pain. These anti-inflammatory effects strengthen the immune system and put a stop to flus and colds.
The avocado seed also has antibiotic and antifungal effects which can prevent harmful pathogens like candida and other fungi.
5. Help reduce wrinkles
The avocado seed oil would be extremely useful and beneficial in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, as a scientific study found that the oil of the avocado seeds can increase the collagen in the skin. In addition, avocado seed oil is also used to treat acne flare-ups.
These beneficial seeds have numerous uses, and these are some more:
– Avocado seed tea –prepare a great tea from the avocado seeds by boiling them for 30-40 minutes.
– Natural food additive – A study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food chemistry, in 2011, t found that the anti-microbial and antioxidant properties of the avocado seed may help with food spoilage prevention. This means it can be used as a healthy food additive, so simply crush them and add them to your favorite meals.
– Homemade facial mask – dry the seeds, then grind them nicely and add them to your favorite facial mask. Thus, you will get an excellent facial mask exfoliator.
– Guacamole saver – These seeds can help you keep your guacamole from going bad in the refrigerator. Simply place an avocado seed in your guacamole dip.
– Grow an avocado plant – You can now have a decorative houseplant in your home. All you need to do is to plant the avocado seed in your garden.
How to Extract the Avocado Seed
Here’s how to safely remove the avocado seed from the avocado:
1. First, cut the avocado by slicing around the pit in order to cleanly remove the seed.
2. Then, you need to insert your knife into the pit. Now, twist and gently pull.
3. And, finally, remove the avocado seed from the knife.
4. Now, when it’s out, put the avocado seed into a plastic bag and then crush it with a hammer.
5. You can combine the crushed seed with your favorite smoothie ingredients. Just add dates, banana or spinach and make a smoothie. If you have a high-powered blender in your home, you may not need to smash the seed first, but you will need to add water.
Recipe for the Perfect Avocado Seed Green Goodness Smoothie
– Avocado seed – ½
– Avocado – ½
– Almond milk or water – 1 cup
– Ripe pear – 1
– Apple – ½
– Organic spinach – 1 cup
– Grated ginger – 1 small piece
Simply smash the seed and blend all the ingredients together until you get a smooth consistency. Bon apetit!
Here is another green smoothie recipe that contains flaxseed and red leaf lettuce
– Avocado seed – ½
– Water or almond milk – 2 ½ cups
– Ripe pear – 1
– Ripe mango – ½ to ¾
– Ground flaxseed – 3 tablespoons
– A head of red leaf lettuce – ¾
Again, crush the avocado seed and blend the ingredients. Serve over ice.