Avocados are rich in nutrients. But many people are not aware that avocado seeds are also an integral part of this superfood. As the old saying goes, “waste not, want not.”
Is It Safe To Eat Avocado Seeds?
Unlike the pits of other fruits, avocado seeds do not contain cyanide.
Instead, avocado seeds contain tannins, the same naturally occurring polyphenol found in red wine and green tea. While tannins are mildly toxic; however, you would have to consume a ridiculously huge amount before you’d notice any negative side effects.
In a 2013 study published in the Scientific World Journal, researchers concluded that avocado seed extract at doses below 250mg/kg was safe and it did not show any toxicity.
All The Nutrients Are In The Avocado Seeds
According to this study, “the seed holds 70 percent of the avocado’s antioxidants, including the well-respected polyphenols associated with green tea.” It’s also packed with soluble fiber and healthy oils.
The flesh of the avocado has been immensely studied, especially by the cardiovascular health community, and found to produce positive effects against blood lipids.
It contains potassium which assist in the promotion of normalized blood pressure. Avocado flesh also provides lutein that controls both oxidative and inflammatory stress.
1. Fights Cancer
Phenols are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in numerous plants, including the avocado and its seed.
These amazing seeds actually contain four classes of polyphenolic which include proanthocyanidins flavonoids, flavanol glycosides, flavanol monomers, and hydroxycinnamic acids.
Scientists have also found the existence of procyanidin A trimers, 3-O-caffeoylquinic acid, and 3-O-p-coumaroylquinic acid. These are anticarcinogenic and provide antioxidative properties which are also effective against many liver disorders.
Avocado seeds demonstrated the ability to treat acute myeloid leukemia in laboratory testing.
Avocado seed extract have been found to be beneficial for cardiovascular patients.
In clinical trials the extract incited a noticeable vasorelaxation response in aorta vessel walls. This means that those properties relaxed those vessels.
The seed extract reduced LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol, but no increase of triglycerides or reduction of HDL cholesterol, or good cholesterol, levels were seen.
It has been known for many years that fiber has an extremely positive impact on the digestive tract as well as on the prevention of cancer.
The fruit of the avocado has about 4.6 grams of dietary fiber. The daily recommended intake is 6 to 8 grams of soluble fiber.
The Malhotra College documented wound healing, analgesic, and antiulcer effects of avocado seed extract.
Consuming the extract help speed up wound healing. It demonstrated significant effects of preventing the development of stomach ulcer.
4. Immunity Booster
The same antioxidative polyphenols that were previously mentioned also boost the immune system and incite anti-inflammatory actions.
The effectual anti-inflammatory actions are beneficial in treating many forms of arthritis. Avocado seed extract also possesses powerful antibiotic; anti-microbial; antifungal; and antiviral properties which lend to its immune system boosting effects.
Oxidative stress can cause skin to age aggressively and the antioxidants found in avocado seed extract is effective in inhibiting the formation of wrinkles.
These antioxidative polyphenols have demonstrated the ability to significantly reduce UV induced skin inflammation and induce apoptosis in tumor cells effectively preventing UV related cancer.
How To Eat an Avocado Seed
Eating an avocado seed is a rather simple process.
Remove the seed from the fruit and place in a plastic zip-lock bag. Use a blunt object such as a hammer to pulverize the pit. The pulp may be added to healthy fruit and/or vegetable smoothie recipes.
You can also cut it into quarters using a knife and pop it in the blender so it becomes a powder before adding it to your smoothie.
The taste is supposed to be quite strong so mixing with strong flavours like frozen berries, kale, spinach or pineapple is a good idea. via DailyMail
Simple Avocado Seed Smoothie
- 1/2 of an avocado seed
- 1/2 of an avocado
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 1 pear; ripened, cored, and chopped
- 1/2 of an apple; ripened, cored, and chopped
- 1 cup of fresh, organic, raw spinach
Simply blend all of the ingredients in a high powered blender. Add a couple of ice cubes or chunks of frozen fruit such as mango, melon mix, or berry melody and enjoy.