Monday, September 20, 2010

Health Benefits of Monounsaturated Fats from Avocado

Avocado is a fruit that offers tremendous health benefits. One of the key benefits of avocado is promoting cardiovascular health. This protection comes from its high content of monounsaturated fats.

Nutrients in Avocado
Avocados are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber and potassium, which help to control cholesterol and promote blood flow to the heart, brain and other organs.

Monounsaturated Fats
Monounsaturated fats found in avocado act as powerful antioxidants, mopping up free radicals and preventing them from damaging your heart and blood vessels. Monounsaturated fats also help to lower cholesterol levels and improve the ratio of HDL or 'good" cholesterol to LDL or "bad" cholesterol in the blood. 

Health Benefits
  • Heart disease. Monounsaturated fats help to prevent heart disease and stroke by increasing HDL or "good" cholesterol, lowering LDL or "bad" cholesterol and reducing triglycerides.
  • Skin health. Monounsaturated fats help to promote blood flow to your skin, build collagen and maintain healthier, smoother looking skin.
  • Brain function. Monounsaturated fats may help to prevent or slow the  progression of dementia and Alzheimer's disease by improving blood flow to your brain and protecting your brain cells from oxidative damage.
  • Weight loss. Despite it's high fat content, studies show you can lose weight on a diet that includes avocado. Simply substitute a about 3 thin slices of avocado for other fats in your diet. Avocados may also cause a decrease in appetite, which could result in fewer calories consumed, thus promoting weight loss.