Avocados are evergreens belonging to the laurel family, and are native to Central America (Columbia and Ecuador) and the southern regions of Mexico. Literally translated, avocado means “testicle,” an unlikely name for a fruit, perhaps, but not hard to imagine given what the fruit looks like as it dangles from the tree.
During the days of the ancient Aztec Empire, the avocados were called the “Source of Life” and highly cherished. Interestingly, as long as an avocado remains attached to its tree, it will never age or ripen.
Benefits of vitamin E, Potassium and Fiber
Avocados are filled with nutritional value. They contain large amounts of vitamin E (helps prevent oxidation, is good for the skin and slows aging), vitamin B1 (the “fatigue recovery vitamin”) and vitamin B2 (helps cells regenerate). Vitamin B2, in particular, helps improve liver function, making avocados a recommended food for people concerned about their liver.
According to Professor Inoue of Nihon University, “With regard to minerals, avocados contain a great deal of potassium — about twice that of bananas and three times as much as kabocha pumpkins. Potassium helps prevent high blood pressure. Avocados are also characteristically high in fiber, which helps alleviate constipation. Recently, it was discovered that fiber also helps inhibit cancer of the large intestine. Fiber also controls the absorption of cholesterol and fats, thus helping to prevent high cholesterol and gall stones. Avocados are absolutely superior compared to even apples.”
Dr. Matsuda, director of the Matsuda Clinic of Internal Medicine and an expert on the benefits of commonplace foods, says that the vitamins in avocados are gentle to women. “They work similarly to female hormones, helping control the secretion of hormones and keeping the menstrual cycle regular. That is, avocados can help prevent the onset of menopause. For this reason, and because of it cosmetic benefits, I recommend avocados to women.”
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