Why Baby Boomers Love The Avocado

By on July 29, 2014

Boomer AvocadoBoomer Know How – Avocado Health Facts for Baby Boomers

  • Metabolic syndrome is the name for symptoms that increase your risk of diabetes, stroke, and coronary artery disease. The results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001-2008 concluded Avocado consumption is associated with improved overall diet quality, nutrient intake, and reduced risk of metabolic syndrome. Dietitians should be aware of the beneficial associations between avocado intake, diet and health when making dietary recommendations.
  • Avocados help lower cholesterol. A study published in the Archives of Medical Research tells us:
    After a week of following the avocado enriched diet, the patients experienced a 22% decrease in bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels and an 11% increase in good cholesterol. They assist good heart health and help to lower blood pressure. Avocado contains vitamin B6 and folic acid, which help regulate homocysteine levels. High level of homocysteine is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Avocados are rich in a compound called beta-sitosterol, which has been shown to be effective in lowering blood cholesterol levels. According to a study, patients with mild hypercholesterolemia who included avocados in their diet for 7 days had 17 percent decrease in total blood cholesterol levels, a 22 percent decrease in both LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels, and a 11 percent increase in HDL (good cholesterol) levels.
  •  Inhibit the development of Type 2 Diabetes. The good fats in avocados (monounsaturated) can lower insulin resistance, which improves regulation of blood sugar levels. The soluble fiber in an avocado also aids in stabilizing blood sugar levels.
  •  Management of Osteoarthritis The Physicians and Sports Medicine  journal documented evidence that treatment with avocado and soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) appears to be beneficial for people suffering knee or hip osteoarthritis. Avocados also have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the risk of inflammatory and degenerative disorders in aging adults. (AKA, Baby Boomers!)
  •  Inhibit Prostate Cancer “Inhibition of prostate cancer cell growth by an avocado extract: role of lipid-soluble bioactive substances”is an article published by The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. An excerpt tells us:
    In common with other colorful fruits and vegetables, the avocado contains numerous bioactive carotenoids. Because the avocado also contains a significant amount of monounsaturated fat, these bioactive carotenoids are likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream, where in combination with other diet-derived phytochemicals they may contribute to the significant cancer risk reduction associated with a diet of fruits and vegetables.
  •  Heart Health + Healthy Aging From Critical Reviews in Food, Science and Nutrition we learn there are eight preliminary clinical studies showing that avocado consumption helps support cardiovascular health. Exploratory studies suggest that avocados may support weight management, and are rich in antioxidants that promote healthy aging.
  • Fight Alzheimer’s disease Dr. Daniel G. Amen, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life rates avocados as a top brain-healthy food. Avocados combine brain healthy omega-3 fatty acids with natural vitamin E. Clinical studies prove this combination can prevent Alzheimer’s disease from progressing, and reverse it in its earliest stages.
  • Help for Your Eyesight Lutein protects against age-related macular degeneration and in the prevention of cataracts. Avocados are an excellent source of carotenoid lutein.

 

With all this evidence supporting the health benefits of avocados, I’d say it’s time to break out the guacamole!

Here’s to your health!

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