Avocados have recently filled grocery stores and large chain stores. Few people know about the real benefits of superfood and leaving the beautiful emerald fruit intact. Even fewer people know that avocado is a fruit that made it into the Guinness Book of Records (1998) for its high nutritional and energy value.
Avocado oil has become something of a diet fetish over the past few years. Nutritionists advise wards to choose vegetable oils that will not clog cells with cholesterol, but will bring real benefits. Avocado oil returns the skin to its former tone, makes the hair thicker, the mind brighter, and the fat layer is less.
Let's understand why the crocodile pear (the second name of the fruit) has become so popular among adherents of a healthy diet and how to properly diversify the diet with such exotic?
What you need to know about avocado oil
Avocado oil performs almost the same functions as the whole fruit. It is this product that is recognized as the most useful of all existing oils. Useful polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, nutrients have been subjected to many tests and checks, during which their real impact on the human body has been revealed.
Diabetes Care conducted its own research into the effects of certain substances on quality of life. It turned out that a diet high in unsaturated fatty acids lowers cholesterol levels by 20%.
Another strong argument in favor of avocado oil is tocopherol ( vitamin E ). It is in the avocado product that there is the maximum concentration of tocopherol, which clearly affects the state of health. Vitamin E has an antioxidant effect, prevents the development and growth of cancer cells, and slows down the aging process.
According to The American Journal of Epidemiology, 40% of the world's population is deficient in vitamin E because they avoid vegetable fats in their diets.
The Journal of Nutrition published an interesting article. It says that daily consumption of avocado oil (1-2 tablespoons per day) increases the process of absorption of carotenoids from vegetables by 300-400%.
Carotenoids are pigments that are vital for the human body. They keep the water balance normal, help form, strengthen and maintain the integrity of the teeth, the skeletal system.
All herbal ingredients are a storehouse of medicinal, cosmetic and culinary properties. Among them, avocado oil stands out, which is successfully used in all three industries.
The ingredient is able to heal and disinfect wounds, fight and prevent pathologies of internal organs. Due to magnesium (Mg) and potassium (K), the product strengthens the walls of blood vessels and has a beneficial effect on the functioning of the heart. Tocopherol (vitamin E) regulates blood pressure, prevents the growth and development of blood clots. The complex of beneficial fatty acids is responsible for the health of the skin, hair, nails, the health of the immune system and the general condition of the body. Avocado oil stimulates blood flow. Blood supplies the organs faster and increases their productivity at times.
The ingredient is extremely beneficial for the digestive system. Oil improves metabolism and increases the percentage of digestibility of foods. The ingredient gently envelops the mucous membranes of the intestines and stomach, which protects organs from ulcers / gastritis. Moreover, the product stimulates the separation of bile, improves its composition, "accelerates" fat metabolism. Herbal substances will help the organs cleanse themselves of toxins, toxins and heavy metals, which not only reduce productivity, but also affect well-being.
What else is the product useful for:
- reduces the level of glucose in the blood;
- improves the functioning of the nervous system;
- improves performance;
- is the prevention of depression;
- acceptable as complementary foods for children under 1 year of age;
- for women: improves lactation, smoothes the manifestations of menopause, relieves unpleasant symptoms of the menstrual and premenstrual period;
- for men: enhances potency, is the prevention of infertility, prostatitis and adenoma.
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Features of the vitamin and nutrient composition
- stimulation of the protective function of the immune system;
- antioxidant effect.
The content of vitamins A and E in avocado oil is 5 times higher than in olive oil.
But the value of the ingredient lies not only in the vitamins. The oil contains squalene. It is a hydrocarbon, an intermediate in the biological synthesis of steroids (including cholesterol). Squalene is involved in metabolism, regulates the percentage of digestibility and the degree of absorption of food products.
Nutritionists point to a high percentage of chlorophyll in avocado oil. In addition to our basic school knowledge about the staining of vegetation with chlorophyll, the substance has several important functions. The pigment is also involved in metabolic processes, and chlorophyll deficiency adversely affects all systems of the human body.
The composition of the product is also interesting with lecithin. This is an emulsifier, which, when broken down, becomes choline (a vital element for the human body). Allergic reactions to lecithin are extremely rare, but the beneficial properties, according to experts, are really amazing. Lecithin restores the balance of the intestinal microflora, protects the body from pathologies of the heart and blood vessels, improves the performance of the endocrine, nervous and genitourinary systems.
The above medicinal properties are unique to cold-pressed avocado oil.
Use in cooking
The ingredient is used as a dressing for salads, sautéing or stewing foods. The burning point is 220°C, and during heating, the oil does not emit dangerous carcinogens. Moreover, a sharp change in temperature does not affect the taste palette of the product. Many oils start to taste bitter or give off an unpleasant metallic flavor, with the avocado ingredient, this trouble will not happen.
Buy cold-pressed oil that comes from the pulp of ripe nutritious fruits. Only such a product will bring maximum benefit not only to taste buds, but also to health.
In cooking, avocado oil replaces other vegetable oils. The ingredient can be used for:
- sauces (the most delicious mayonnaise comes from avocado oil);
- baking (as a binder).
Researchers at Loma Linda University have shown that fatty acids from avocados affect appetite. Monounsaturated substances suppress the feeling of hunger and its primary manifestation - appetite. Fatty acids contain soluble fiber. It enters the body and forms a thick paste-like gel inside. This gel passes through the intestines and slows down the metabolism. Food is absorbed by the body longer, and a person feels full for a long time.
Use of the ingredient in cosmetology
Cold-pressed oil perfectly nourishes the skin not only from the inside. Applying the ingredient to the skin promotes the production of collagen, elastin and the activation of oxygen metabolism. There are 3 ways to use avocado oil in cosmetology.
1 way: direct application
Use pure oil. Apply a few drops of the product to the sponge, then walk it along the massage lines of the face. Perform this massage daily before going to bed. The average duration of a massage is no more than 15 minutes. Residual oil can be washed off with a mild cleansing foam or left to nourish the skin overnight.
Step 2: Diluted Treatment
Add a few drops of oil to your basic skin care routine for your face and body. The first results will be noticeable much later (compared to method 1), but will have a cumulative effect. Do not forget that the oil can leave a greasy film on the face and “weight” the cosmetic product. Mix a spoonful of cream and a drop of oil in a separate container, apply to the skin and follow the reaction, degree of comfort and effectiveness. If the final result suits you, then feel free to enrich all the jars of cosmetics in the house.
Option 3: Pharmacy or Luxury Care
Purchase a line of Pharmacy or Luxury care products that already include avocado oil. Modern medicine is making rapid progress in the field of cosmetology, so everyone will be able to choose the right product based on skin type and preferences.
Don't forget that taking oil internally can also improve skin condition. Add 1-2 tablespoons to salads or whole grain baked goods for a healthier feeling inside and out.
Fighting the first wrinkles around the eyes
The area around the eyes is the thinnest and most sensitive area of the face. To maintain skin tone, avoid wrinkles and unnatural color in this area, you need to actively care for it from the age of 20-25. Only long-term care and the cumulative effect of cosmetic/herbal ingredients can guarantee results.
The so-called "crow's feet" appear not only from age, but also from the specific facial expressions. If you notice the first manifestations of wrinkles at the age of 18, then go to the beautician and start care. With age, the situation can only get worse and add more than 7 years to a young 25-year-old.
Avocado oil moisturizes, nourishes thin skin with vitamins and minerals, copes with the first age-related changes, tightens “sad” areas and gives the face a fresh, well-groomed look. For a home anti-aging procedure, you will need a minimum amount of ingredients: avocado oil and a cotton sponge. Pour the oil onto a cotton pad and gently go over the massage lines of the eyes. 10-20 minutes will be enough to achieve a noticeable effect in a few days. Rinse off the oil with lukewarm water after massage (you can use mild foaming cleansers to completely remove the oil from your face). Repeat the procedure daily as a ritual before going to bed and the result will not be long in coming.
Product selection rules
Regardless of the purpose of the purchase (beauty or cooking), choose only cold-pressed oil. It is safe for the human body and is subjected to all types of heat treatment. During cold pressing, the ingress of chemicals into the composition of the final product is excluded. As a result, we get an organic plant product that remains pure and as useful as possible.
Pay attention to expiration dates and ingredients. Choose only high-quality, fresh and certified products. The composition should not contain components unknown to you, fragrances, flavors and other things. Focus on a simple rule: the simpler the composition, the more useful the product.
Assess the container in which the oil is stored. It should be a glass or plastic sealed container that does not transmit ultraviolet light and inspires reliability. The color of the oil can vary from pale green to golden (depending on the degree of processing and manufacturer). If possible, check the smell of the ingredient. The product should give off a clean, vegetal aroma that is very similar to a ripe avocado. If there are notes of rot or chemical impurities in the aroma, refuse to buy and find a more responsible seller.
Ingredient storage rules
Storage rules for any type of oil are identical:
- glass containers that do not let ultraviolet light through;
- maximum allowable temperature +18°C;
- product container must be tightly closed immediately after use;
- Refrigeration is acceptable but not recommended (deposits form at the bottom of containers due to fat oxidation).
Contraindications for use
Avocado oil should be excluded from the diet in case of individual intolerance to the product and components included in the composition. In addition, patients with liver and gallbladder pathologies should discuss the diet with a doctor, and separately mention avocado oil. Permission / prohibition of the product should be determined by the doctor based on the patient's condition, tests and the current stage of the disease.