For most people, it’s no secret that avocados are one of nature’s healthiest foods. Eating one avocado per week is great for your skin, improves circulatory function, and helps to keep hormones in balance just to name a few. Avocados have even claimed a spot on the list of top 10 foods that can help you lose weight when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, but this is no ordinary super food. The secret of this odd little fruit’s success is in the oil – about 77% of an avocado’s overall caloric composition.
1. Rich Source of Oleic Acid
The majority of essential fatty acids found in avocado oil are monounsaturated oleic acid, the same omega-9 EFA that won olive oil its claim to fame. Oleic acid is known to have several positive effects throughout the body including lowering risk of some cancers, preventing flare-ups of certain auto-immune diseases, speeding cell regeneration and wound healing, aiding the body in repelling and eliminating microbial infections, as well as reducing inflammation inside and out.
Furthermore, oleic acid is highly resistant to oxidation, meaning that avocado oil won’t go rancid as quickly as many other oils when stored for long periods of time. Due to its stability, avocado oil can also be used for cooking at higher temperatures (stir fry, sauté, etc) without breaking down and loosing some of its health benefits.
2. Keeps Your Heart Healthy
Avocado oil has an unusually high concentration of beta-sitosterol, a type of cholesterol which our bodies can use to convert less healthy fats into forms which are more usable and less damaging to cells. Because avocado oil is anti-inflammatory, it can help to prevent damage to arterial walls which in turn lowers the risk of heart disease caused by plaque deposits. Furthermore, less inflammation in the arteries means avocado oil can also go a long way toward keep blood pressure at normal, healthy levels.
3. Improves Digestion
If you find that you get frequent heart burn, experience an abnormally high amount of gas and bloating on a regular basis, or if you simply feel tired all of the time, poor digestion could be to blame. Try adding avocado oil to your food to fix the problem. The vitamins, minerals, and monounsaturated fatty acids in avocado oil all help the digestive tract to process food more efficiently. While this won’t fix the problem overnight, you might be surprised at how quickly you’ll begin to feel better, have more energy, and even start to lose weight as a result!
4. Helps You Lose Weight
As previously mentioned, the high concentration of oleic acid in avocado oil can help you lose weight – especially when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. However, there’s more to it than that. Avocado oil is thick and full of powerful nutrients, meaning that it will make you feel fuller faster and keep your appetite satisfied longer. Also, because the vitamins and EFAs in avocado oil improve digestion, you’ll get more energy from the other foods you eat with it, making it easier to take part in physical activities that you otherwise might not feel like doing.
Avocado oil makes an amazing dressing for salads.
5. Grows Hair Faster & Fuller
The same nutrients in avocado oil which make it ideal for moisturizing and feeding skin are also exceptionally nourishing for your hair. After cleansing your hair, apply avocado oil alone or mixed with your favorite hair- and scalp-friendly essential oils to improve both the appearance and structure of existing hair while at the same time promoting healthier and faster growth of new strands.