Love them or hate them, avocados have a ton of health benefits. This unique fruit, composed primarily of carbohydrates and healthy fats, has been shown to have powerful beneficial effects on our health. In addition to that, a new investigative review suggests that avocados may help combat metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions including abdominal (central) obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting plasma glucose, and low levels of HDL—the good form of cholesterol. To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, you must have at least three of the five mentioned medical conditions, making a total of 16 possible combinations that can be seen. Metabolic syndrome is associated with the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, two major contributors to overall mortality in American citizens. It is estimated that about a quarter of the adult population in the U.S. have metabolic syndrome, and its prevalence increases with age.
The investigation into avocados showed that it has a significant beneficial effect on lipid profiles—a blood test panel used for the medical screening of cholesterol and triglycerides. It was found that significant changes were seen to LDL, HDL, triglycerides, total cholesterol, and phospholipids in those who regularly consumed avocado.
“Avocado is a well-known source of carotenoids, minerals, phenolics, vitamins, and fatty acids,” wrote the authors of the Phytotherapy Research review. “The lipid-lowering, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, antiobesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects of avocado have been demonstrated in several studies.”
Avocados could be classified as a superfood considering the abundance of health benefits they contain. The following are just a few:
Avocados are praised for their high nutrient value and can be added to all sorts of dishes. It’s rich and packed with flavor, making it a great food to add to your meals.
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