April 18, 2013

Avocados: The Wonder Fruit

It comes as no surprise that any kind of serious addiction causes a multitude of health problems. A healthy life style is an indispensable component of addiction recovery if the goal is to recover your life and health. To that end, we recommend adding avocados to a healthy and balanced diet.

Avocados are high in Vitamin E and fat content. In this case, high fat content works on your behalf. The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in this fruit help reduce bad cholesterol and lower risk of heart disease and maintain the health of cells. Avocado meat also is high in omega-6 and omega-3, both necessary fats that the body cannot produce itself and are crucial for brain function and normal growth and development.

Avocados provide almost twenty essential nutrients including fiber, potassium, vitamin B, and folic acid. Their high fat content makes them excellent for absorbing fat-soluble nutrients like alpha and beta-carotene and lutein.

Avocados are also surprisingly high in carotenoid antioxidants usually found in red, orange, and deep yellow fruits like tomatoes and carrots. Carotenoids are anti-aging antioxidants. They protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

Studies show that people who include avocados in their diets have smaller waist lines, lower BMI (body mass index) values, lower weight, and significantly higher HDL (“good” cholesterol ) levels. Avocados help control blood pressure, have anti-inflammatory properties, help regulate blood sugar levels, prevent birth defects, reduce the risk of stroke, prevent bad breath, and are great for skin care.

If you are in San Diego on April 21st, check out the Fallbrook Avocado Festival and join the celebration of this wonder fruit.

 

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