Avocado is a fruit rich in fibers, proteins, vitamins such as vitamin A, B, D, E and K, mineral salts such as potassium, helpful to reduce high blood pressure, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, and Omega 3 fatty acids, important to maintain elastic the walls of blood vessels and to protect the health of hearth by helping to control cholesterol levels. Thanks to these characteristics the avocado results a powerful antioxidant to fight the process of aging and the free radicals. Avocado is supposed to have a protective effect against stroke and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer. In fact, according to a study coordinated by Dr. Maurice W. Dysken and published in 2014 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, vitamin E, contained in avocado, would have a role in preventing the degenerative disease of Alzheimer. Let's see how you can use an avocado:
You can eat slices of avocado pulp in salads or as the main ingredient for sauces such as guacamole. Remember to use it raw because the baked avocado loses many properties.
When you eat the avocado pulp generally the seed is thrown away. However it can also be eaten. According to a study (Padilla-Camberos et al. , Scientific World Journal, 2013) the avocado seed, commonly used in traditional medicine, doesn’t show toxicity if not consumed in very huge quantities and it is rich of antioxidants, it has anti-inflammatory properties, protects the cardiovascular system and strengthens the immune system. To eat the seed you can simply remove the brown skin and grate it on salads, soups or other dishes. The advice is always to not exaggerate in the quantities.
Finally the avocado can also be used to prepare masks to make the skin glowing, hydrated and to mitigate irritation. Crush the pulp of an avocado and apply on the face for about ten minutes. In case of oily acne-prone skin you can add to the mixture a teaspoon of lemon juice.