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5 surprising benefits of avocado

05 March 2014, 10:00

Abuja - You've been told to stay away from avocado because it's high in fat and calories, but this fruit is packed with nutrients and can benefit your health in more ways than you may be aware of.

Here are a few interesting health facts about avocado:

1. A cure for bad breath    

Bad breath can have many causes but if your morning mouth is a result of a deficiency in your good intestinal flora, avocados can be the remedy! It cleanses the intestine, and serves as a natural mouthwash.

2. A good skin care treatment

This rich and creamy fruit is filled with healthy fats and phytonutrients which offer impressive benefits for the skin. Avocado contains vitamin E which has the ability to remedy scars and acne.

Vitamin E also speeds up cell regeneration, making it a good natural anti-ageing product.

Whether you eat it or smear it on your face, avocado oil can have a "fruitful" effect on your skin.

3. Good for the eyes

Avocado is an excellent source of the carotenoid lutein, which protects against macular degeneration and the formation of cataracts.

4. Protects against cancer

The carotenoids and lutein found in avocados have the ability to stop the growth of prostate and breast cancer. The oleic acid content can also lower your cancer risk.

5. Good for heart and blood pressure

While avocados are high in fat, these fats are good for you, as they assist in heart health and help to lower blood pressure. The vitamin B6 and folic acid content in avocado is also good for the heart.

- Health24


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