Introduction: Avocado is known as super food and the avocado oil is one of the few oils which are extracted directly from the fruit rather than from the seed. This makes the oil procure almost all the nutrient benefits from the fruit. The oil is less popular than other oils such as olive oil, lavender oil and tea tree oil as not many are aware of the numerous benefits that the oil boasts of.
Nutrients in Avocado Oil:
Avocado oil is a rich source of proteins, fats, omega -3 fatty acids and vitamins such as A, D and E. Â The oil also contains good amounts of potassium and lecithin.
Benefits of Avocado Oil:
Rich source of Oleic Acid: Avocado oil is rich in a monounsaturated essential fatty acid known as oleic acid which has been proven to lower cancer risks, reduce infections, increase immunity and to speed up wound healing. Also due to the presence of oleic acid avocado oil can be used for cooking at higher temperatures without the risk of it becoming rancid or breaking down.
Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Avocado oil is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which helps us in more ways than one. Omega 3 fatty acids have found to be effective in controlling blood pressure, arthritis, depression and lower the amount of bad cholesterol in our body.
Healthy Heart: The anti inflammatory property of avocado oil helps in preventing the buildup plaque in the arterial walls thus reducing the risk of stroke. Also the oil has beta-sitosterol which converts bad fats in the body to more usable form. The risk of cardio vascular diseases also reduces because of the rich sources of folate in the oil.
Anti-Cancer: Avocado oils helps in the absorption of carotenoid anti-oxidants and helps in preventing certain forms of cancer.
Regulating Blood Sugar Levels: Avocado oil helps in regulating the levels of blood sugar in our body.
Effect on Periodontal Disease: Studies have proven that avocado oil helps in reducing the inflammation and bone erosion related to the disease by inhibiting the action of pro-inflammatory cytokine molecule.
Benefits of Avocado on Skin: Avocado oil possesses high penetration power and can seep in to the dermal layer of the skin too when topically applied. The oil is extremely effective for flaky skin and makes it soft and supple. The oil is effective for acne prone skin, eczema, psoriasis and other skin problems too. Avocado oil has an anti-ageing property which is linked to its capacity of forming collagen in the skin. The presence of Sterolin helps in soothing and softening dry, flaky and itchy skin.
For Cooking: Avocado oil is very healthy cooking oil which is similar to olive oil in benefits but comes without the sour taste. The oil can also be used in salad dressings.
Other benefits: The oil is used to treat gum infections called pyorrhea. Avocado oil also helps in boosting scalp health and stimulates hair growth. The oil is also used to treat diaper rashes. The lutein in the oil helps in restoring good eye sight in old people. Magnesium in the oil prevents migraines.
Conclusion: Though avocado as a fruit has numerous benefits the ease of use of the oil especially on the skin as face packs is hard to beat. It is imperative that such oil and its inherent benefits are advertised to facilitate everyone to get the best benefits from the oil. It is advisable to buy unrefined and organic oils to get the maximum benefits though care should be taken to check for allergy to this oil before use.