Not only are avocados delicious, they are considered a “superfood” much like acai berries and kale. There is a massive amount of nutrients packed inside this lovely fruit. Whether you’re using it in your sandwiches or adding it to your smoothie, it’s a great way to get your daily recommended value of nutrients!
Despite all these benefits, there’s an important part of the avocado that we often neglect – the seed. Many of us may toss the seed after we slice open an avocado, but it’s actually very healthy.
The Seed Is The Most Nutritious Part
According to Daily Superfood Love “over 70% of the total antioxidant capacity of avocados is found within the seed.” Avocado seeds contain insecticidal, fungicidal, and anti-microbial properties that can help reduce high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and boost your immunity.
Ease Joint Pain And Reduce Inflammation
Joint pain is tough to deal with, but fortunately, avocado seeds contain high level of antioxidants such as catechins and procyandins that act as anti-inflammatories. They will help reduce pain, swelling, stiffness, and joint function.
Boost Digestive Health
The antioxidants and fibers in the seeds are great for your digestive system and have been used to treat dysentery, gastric ulcers, and other issues. One avocado seed has more soluble fibre per ounce than nearly any other vegetable!
Destroy Cancer Cells
In 2013, the University of Antioquia, in Medellin, Colombian, discovered that avocado seeds had antioxidants that could destroy cancer cells. While this isn’t confirmed to be 100% true, it does make sense from a scientific standpoint. The seeds have a phytochemical known as flavonol which can reduce tumor growth.
Because avocado seeds are packed with fiber, they can keep you full and satisfied for longer periods of time. This makes them a perfect way to help with weight loss or dieting.
Skin & Hair
Antioxidants in avocado seeds can fix damage to hair and skin cells.
How To Take Advantage?
So how do you add avocado seeds to your daily diet? Daily Superfood Love recommends you create a smoothie using avocado seeds. It won’t affect the taste of your smoothies; it will simply make them more nutrient-rich!
Here’s a sample recipe:
How do you get inside the hard shell? First, remove the seed from the rest of the avocado by smacking a knife into to dislodge it. Be careful not to destroy the fruit’s flesh. Then, use a sharp knife to chop the seed into pieces. Alternatively, you could use a food processor to break down the seed.