By this point, most people know how healthy avocados are. With high amounts of good-for-you fatty acids, very low amounts of cholesterol. And a wide range of vitamins including calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, potassium, manganese and zinc. But did you know that avocado seeds are almost just as healthy? Surprising Benefits Of Avocado Seeds!
Surprising Benefits Of Avocado Seeds
Avocado seed decoctions are popular in South American cultures to treat diabetes, diarrhea, kidney stones, and even snakebite. Add the antioxidant-rich seed powder to your smoothie to lower BP and cholesterol. Manage diabetes, and protect kidney and liver tissues.
Start with 1/2 tsp and limit daily consumption to half a seed. Apply the seed paste on your skin to prevent UV damage and to cure fungal infections.
Great Antioxidant Source
Did you know that the avocado seed is a great antioxidant? According to a study performed at the National University of Singapore. The avocado seed offers more antioxidant activity than some more commonly eaten fruit parts.
In fact, the study shares that the seeds may actually contain more than 70 percent of the antioxidants found in the entire fruit. That makes the avocado seed a powerful antioxidant resource.
For shiny hair
For shiny hair and to fight dandruff. Grate the seed but make sure it is raw and not toasted. Mix it with castor oil and let soak for a day. Then rub it on your scalp.
Cover your head with a towel or film and let sit for an hour and wash your hair well. We don’t recommend this treatment for very oily hair.
Reduce Cholesterol Levels
The pulp of the avocado isn’t the only part of the fruit found to lower high cholesterol levels. 2012 research shows that the seed can too!
The animal study, published in the journal Plant Foods in Human Nutrition. Found that mice with high cholesterol experienced a reduction in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels when given avocado seed flour. They were also protected somewhat against arterial plaque formation. The researchers believe that these benefits come from the seed’s antioxidant content and high percentage of fiber.
The Bottom Line
Avocado seeds may have some health benefits. Including reducing your risk of heart disease, providing antioxidants and protecting your body from harmful bacteria. Unfortunately, the research to support these benefits is weak. And there are concerns that the seeds may contain harmful substances.
Therefore, it’s not recommended to eat avocado seeds. If you do decide to try avocado seed. Keep your intake to a minimum to reduce the likelihood of any harmful substances building up in your body.
Avocado seeds are smooth, hard, and just the right size for a DIY foot massage. Collect several and place them in a shallow bucket or large bowl. Then you can roll your feet over them to help work out some of that tension.
If you’re a bit more adventurous, why not try using them to massage someone you love. Either use the pits to gently rub the person’s back or warm them up for a DIY hot-stone massage.
How to Eat an Avocado Seed
Avocado seeds are very hard and must be prepared before they can be eaten. First, they need to be dried out in the oven at a high temperature for a few hours. Some people dry the seeds in the oven for two hours at 250°F (121°C).
Once the seed is dehydrated, it can be chopped and placed in a blender or food processor until it forms a powder. The powder can then be added to smoothies or used in teas, sauces or dips.
However, drying out the seed may reduce its antioxidant content, so you may not reap the benefits you expected. Note that the seed is bitter. If you are going to add it to your smoothie, make sure to balance it with some sweetness by including fruit, such as a banana or some strawberries.
Importantly, there is no evidence to show that avocado seed is safe to eat. It’s likely a better idea to have a cup of green tea or handful of berries, rather than taking a risk. If you do decide to try avocado seed, it might be best to only eat it occasionally to reduce the likelihood of any harmful substances accumulating in your body.