Avocado Oil offers a myriad of unique health benefits. Extracted from the flesh of the avocado, it offers a variety of nutritional and medicinal benefits like no other fruit.
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The Health Benefits of Avocado Oil
1. It Lowers Blood Pressure
The monounsaturated fats found in Avocado Oil can have a really beneficial effect on blood pressure by significantly altering the levels of essential fatty acids in the kidneys. In turn, the kidneys respond differently to blood pressure-regulating hormones in the body.
2. It Improves Arthritis Symptoms
Avocado Oil has even been given prescription status in France because of its ability to reverse the symptoms of arthritis. A combination of avocado oil and soybean oil extracts are thought to improve joint function and reduce pain and stiffness, which result in reduced dependence on painkillers.
3. It can benefit Psoriasis & Other Skin Problems
Avocado Oil also offers huge health benefits for skin. It can be used as a moisturizer and body scrub for dry skin. Most excitingly, the anti-inflammatory properties in this vitamin rich oil will provide relief to those with severe skin conditions, including eczema and keratosis pilaris. It can also treat skin wounds by increasing collagen. There are also avocado oil benefits for hair; it can be used as a natural conditioner to decrease dryness and improve texture. The oil is also used for cuts, burns, blisters, rashes, sunburns, stings, and bug bites.
4. It can help to Lower Cholesterol
Avocado oil lowers cholesterol making it a beneficial choice when it comes to the heart. Oleic acid, like other omega-9s, help to reduce the risk of heart disease by raising levels of “good” cholesterol whilst helping to lowering “bad” cholesterol. Scientific evidence also suggests that avocado oil can prevent heart attacks and stroke in diabetic patients.
5. It Boosts Nutrient Absorption
The addition of avocado oil to a meal can boost the absorption of antioxidants.
6. It can help Periodontal disease
Avocado oil is considered a natural remedy to treat or prevent tooth loss and inflammation due to periodontal disease. The antiseptic properties of avocado oil can benefit the mouth when you use the oil as a mouthwash.
7. Helps improve weight loss
Several studies have also found that avocados support weight control, through its oleic acid content. Diets that are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid can protect against abdominal fat accumulation.
8. Other health benefits
Avocado oil is also used to treat other health conditions, including cancer, liver disease, and diabetes. Avocado oil is also thought to protect against DNA damage and improve eye health.