Avocado is a famous guacamole ingredient, but is also used in many other meals. While many people throw away the avocado seeds after they eat the fruit, there is a very good reason to keep them and today we’ll tell you why.
These seeds don’t contain high levels of toxins like other fruit’s seeds like cherry, plum and apricot seeds. Avocado seeds only contain mild levels of tannins which are only dangerous if consumed in big amounts. In a study published in the Scientific World Journal in 2013 it was stated that avocet seeds are not toxic at all.
The traditional medicine has been using these seeds for many years because of their health benefits such as:
- The fruit itself is high in Vitamin B and healthy fats and the seeds are rich in antioxidants, fatty acids, triterpenes, phytosterols and glucosides obtained from abscisic acid.
- They are rich in soluble fibre and a good source of bioactive phytochemical, including proanthocyanids and flavonoids.
- Avocado seeds provide the body with antifungal, antibiotic, antimicrobial, insecticidal, antihypertensive, larvicidal, amoebicidal, giardicidal and hypolipidemic properties.
As we mentioned before, avocado seeds contain antioxidants (procyandins and catechins) that are anti-inflammatory and can fight infections like the common cold and flu by boosting the immune system.
In 2009 the journal Revista de Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina published an in-vitro study where it was discovered that the anti-fungal and antibiotic properties of avocado seed extract could prevent harmful pathogens such as Candida and other fungi, infections caused by a weakened immune system. They can also alleviate stiffness, swelling and joint pain.
Avocado seeds can treat gastric ulcers, acute diarrhea and can prevent constipation, which is why Natives of South America have been using these seeds as medicine.
It’s been stated in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition (2012) that avocado seeds have the ability to defend the human organism from arterial plaque formation and prevent diabetes, while the dietary fiber found in these seeds can lower cholesterol by binding cholesterol in the intestinal tract and prevent it from being absorbed.
An extensive research on the ability of avocado seeds in fighting cancer has discovered that they contain avocation B that can fight acute myeloid leukemia cells. Among 800 natural health products, only avocado seeds have proven to be able to fight the disease.
Another research published in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology, done by the researchers from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, showed that the extract from avocado fruit and seeds caused leukemia cells to self-destruct.
The flavonols antioxidant compound also provides strong anti-tumor properties.
The oil from these seeds increases collagen in the skin which means it reduces wrinkles, plus it’s been proven that this oil can also fight acne.