Avocado against bad cholesterol
The avocado is the fruit of the avocado tree or American Persea. This last one, of the family of the lauráceas, can reach 12 to 15 m of height.
Originally from Central America, more precisely from Mexico, it is present in our dishes throughout the year.
Rich in lipids, the avocado offers many virtues for our health and beauty.
For the record:
In the past, he was considered "the fruit of the poor". The Aztec people already cultivated it 8,000 years ago. They called it "the tree with the testicles".
It was not until the 15th century that the lawyer arrived in Europe through the Spanish explorer, Cortez.
While in Europe the avocado is appreciated as a starter, in its native land it is tried as a dessert with lemon juice and sugar.
Avocado and its health benefits
It regulates LDL, or "bad cholesterol", without lowering "good cholesterol". Thus the lawyer limits the occurrence of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and type II diabetes.
It participates in the good intestinal transit. Fights digestive problems, inflammations of the digestive system, ulcers of the intestine.
Avocado is very easy to digest thanks to the presence of fiber. Avocado is also recommended for people prone to constipation.
It is also a very good vitamin supplement.
It is a source of vitamin A, essential for vision. A deficiency of vitamin A increases the occurrence of vision disorders such as cataracts or AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration). Therefore, it is recommended for the prevention of eye disorders.
Group E vitamins are effective in reducing inflammation of the joints.
Avocado is recommended in cases of arthritis.
Avocado is a source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, which ensures cell renewal and defense of our body. A deficiency of vitamin C generates stress and fatigue.
It prevents infections and stimulates the immune system. Therefore, it is recommended for pregnant women and the elderly.
Appreciated by athletes, it contributes to the growth and repair of muscles.
The avocado leaves used in the infusion relieve coughs, headaches, dysmenorrhea...
The avocado pit is known to control asthma attacks.
Avocado in the kitchen for its benefits
There are many ways to eat it: raw, in vinaigrette, in salad, stuffed, in mousse, in sushi or even as guacamole with raw vegetables as an appetizer.
Better and healthier, prefer avocado puree to butter or mayonnaise.
You can also eat it hot: in the tortillas, add the avocado cubes at the last moment.
Avocado nutrient intake :
Avocado is caloric: 200 kcal/100g. But it contains essential fatty acids that make the avocado your ally in the diet.
It is also rich in minerals: potassium (520mg/100g) to regulate blood pressure, magnesium (30mg/100g) to regulate stress and contribute to the immune system, iron (0.55mg/100g) to fight anemia and transport oxygen.
It is rich in fiber (6.7 g / 100 g), which gives it laxative properties.
Gourmet idea with avocado
Avocado mousse verrines: Crush an avocado, add fresh cream, shallots and lemon juice. Freshness guaranteed! For those with a sweet tooth, a few shrimp can accompany the verrina.
Core Infusion: Peel the thin shell of the core. Grate the core. Fry the preparation over a low heat until it turns red. Then infuse your preparation in boiling water. Ideal for controlling an asthma attack.
The grated stone can also accompany your salads, dishes and soups.
However, do not consume the avocado stone in excess, because it is rich in tannin, in high doses can constipate.
Infusion of avocado leaves: for menstrual pain, headaches...
They are also an effective remedy against mouth ulcers: rinse an avocado leaf, chew the leaf without swallowing it.
The smart advice
Is it maturing too slowly? To speed up ripening, place it next to other fruit or wrap it in newspaper.
Do you have problems taking it off? Place it in the palm of your hands to warm it up.
The beauty tip
Avocado oil, a natural remedy against stretch marks: Massage the areas sensitive to stretch marks (breasts, thighs, belly) with a mixture of 50 ml of avocado oil and about twenty drops of essential oil of lemon.
Do not neglect your feet, feed them by rubbing the skin of the avocado, insisting on the heels.
Your nutritive mask: Crush your avocado until it becomes pureed. Add two tablespoons of lemon juice and honey and one tablespoon of heavy cream. Apply the mixture on your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes and then rinse.