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Avocado Really Is A Superfood That Can Combat Metabolic Syndrome

Avocado Really Is A Superfood That Can Combat Metabolic Syndrome |

Avocado is one of the ‘superfoods’, and the hype seems justified. The fruit slows, and even reverses, metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that include high blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and body-mass index that can lead to diabetes and heart disease.

The fruit’s biggest impact is on lipids, or fats, and can alter levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and phospholipids.

In a review of the studies already carried out on the fruit, researchers say there’s strong evidence to suggest that avocados have all the ingredients to counter the symptoms of metabolic syndrome.

The fruit is lipid-lowering, antihypertensive (combats high blood pressure), anti-diabetic, anti-obesity, anti-thrombotic, anti-atherosclerotic (hardening of the arteries), and cardioprotective.

However, it’s the whole fruit that has all these effects, and that includes the peel, seed, flesh and leaves.

(Source: Phytotherapy Research, 2017; doi: 10.1002/ptr.5805)


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  1. Janet Cross

    September 11, 2017 at 8:25 am

    How do you eat the whole avocado? I see skin would be possible but what about the stone?

    • Anna Jones

      September 12, 2017 at 8:37 am

      The avocado pit can be blended into smoothies or blended into guacamole as just two example – although it gives a more bitter taste.

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