Amazing Avocado Oil

avocado fruit

Avocado oil is one of the few oils which are derived not from the seed but from the flesh or pulp. It is described as a rich and deeply-penetrating oil which is chock full of nutrients and antioxidants.

Benefits
• As a cooking oil, avocado oil has been found to improve the cholesterol profile by increasing good cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol.
• The mild, delicate flavor of avocado oil does not interfere with the flavors of food and is thus good for salads.
• Avocado oil has a high smoking point, which means that it takes high temperatures for the oil to start generating smoke and potential carcinogens. This characteristic makes this oil ideal for frying meats and fish.
• Avocado oil is commonly used in skin and hair care products because of its moisturizing, nourishing, sun-protective, deeply-penetrating yet light-textured properties.
• Among 8 plant oils, avocado oil exhibited the best sunscreen properties.
• Avocado bested sunflower, corn and soyabean oil in terms of skin penetration rate.
• Avocado oil is one of the richest sources of Vitamin E, the beauty vitamin and one of the most powerful antioxidants.
• Another antioxidant found in avocado oil is lutein, a kind of beta-carotene.
• The fats of avocado oil are the good ones—monounsaturated fatty acids or MUFAs– which lower bad cholesterol and actually help in weight management.
• Monounsaturated fatty acids increase the basal metabolic rate to help in weight loss.
• The optimum balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in avocado, coupled with its high Vitamin E content, make it helpful in protecting blood vessels from degenerative diseases which could lead to hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.
• The omega-3s, beta-carotenes and Vitamin E of avocado oil work together to prevent tumor and cancer formation.
• Avocado oil is rich in sterolins or plant steroids which are highly moisturizing, reduce age spots, protect against sun damage and fade away scars.
• A study conducted in Israel established that avocado oil increases the formation of collagen. Collagen is the structural protein which holds up or firms the skin. The reduction in collagen formation as we age is the culprit behind sagging or old-looking skin.


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