Have you ever tried avocado oil, or did you even know it existed?
I remember it from when I was a child, my mother used to use it on my skin when I had any skin ailments as a natural healer from dry skin, to allergic reactions, to pimples and in my hair. But then, my mother was a nurse who practiced alternative therapies on us, which to this day I am grateful for.
Avocado is ranked as one of the top five healthiest foods so it’s not surprising that avocado oil is ranked as one of the top five healthiest oils on the planet!
Studies have found avocado oil benefits include – the prevention of the development of diabetes, high cholesterol, high triglyceride levels, and obesity.
Avocado oil has even received prescription drug status in France because of its proven ability to counter the negative effects of arthritis when taken internally!
Avocado oil is produced from the avocado fruit of the avocado tree.
It is pressed from the fleshy green pulp surrounding the avocado pit, making it one of the few edible oils not derived from seed.
This pulp produces an oil full of healthy fats including oleic acid and essential fatty acids.
Naturally cold pressed avocado oil is the best – chemically extracting the oil removes all of the nutrients. If the oil is green, it is naturally cold pressed, if yellow it has all of its goodness removed, it should feel thick and sticky to the touch.
Oils like flaxseed oil and pumpkin seed oil are incredibly high in nutrients, but they cannot be used for cooking. The awesome thing about avocado oil is that it’s not only a superfood oil that can used in uncooked items like salads and dips, but it’s also highly recommended for cooking like coconut oil.
When using any oil for cooking, it is very important to consider the smoke point of an oil which is the temperature at which the oil starts to be visibly smoking in the pan of the oil. Even a healthy oil such as olive oil becomes unhealthy when it reaches its smoke point. When an oil reaches its smoke point, the structure of the oil begins to break down, nutrients are lost, flavour is changed and most dangerously, compounds can be created that are damaging to your health.
Avocado oil’s high smoke point makes it a perfect choice for cooking, it also does not have as strong taste as coconut oil.
Avocados are uniquely high in healthy fats.
One tablespoon of avocado oil contains about 124 calories and 14 grams of fat, which is 21 percent of the recommended daily fat intake. Although that fat percentage might seem high, 9.9 of the 14 grams are monounsaturated healthy fat and 1.9 grams are polyunsaturated fat (also a healthy fat).
Avocados don’t contain any cholesterol or trans fats and are rich in vitamin E.
Throughout history avocado oil has been renowned for its healing and regenerating properties.
Today science has proven that it boosts nutrient absorption.
When avocado oil is added to a meal it can boost the absorption of carotenoids in food. Carotenoids are an antioxidant found in yellow, orange, and red fruits and vegetables. They are health-promoting antioxidants that are fat-soluble and depend on dietary fats for absorption.
The study also found, that the addition of avocado oil to a salad significantly enhanced alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein absorption. Dietary carotenoids are thought to provide significant health benefits to the human body by decreasing the risk of disease, particularly certain cancers and eye disease.
Avocado oil may prevent cancer
Researchers at the University of Waterloo found that a fat compound found in the fruit may help slow the growth of cancer cells, specifically those that cause leukaemia.
Avocado oil also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
The monounsaturated fats found in avocado oil can have a beneficial effect on blood pressure and therefore your heart when eaten in moderation and when used to replace saturated fat and trans fat in your diet.
One study in the journal of the American Heart Association found that low density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol was lower in those who ate an avocado a day versus those who ate a low-fat diet.
Avocado oil helps you lose weight
A study at Penn State University found that those who ate a diet rich in monounsaturated fats like avocado oil had reduced fat distribution around the belly area.
In France Avocado oil is a prescription drug
In France, ASU is an extract made from a combination of avocado and soybean oil extracts, which has received prescription drug status as a treatment for knee and hip osteoarthritis.
In Denmark, ASU is marketed as a food supplement for its anti-inflammatory effects and its ability to stimulate cartilage growth and repair.
ASU has been examined in vitro and in animal studies, both of which have shown an anti-inflammatory effect and a stimulatory effect on molecules in connective tissue. Four randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials have been published and these studies indicate that ASU has a positive effect on the symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis.
Avocado oil also has amazing benefits for the skin.
Avocado oil contains mono – saturated fatty acids, vitamins A, B, and E all which accelerate wound healing and stimulate collagen formation, therefore, softening lines and wrinkles.
Avocado oil is a natural sunscreen and treats acne
It is a natural sunscreen as it filters UV rays. It is incredibly moisturizing and regenerating, and fantastic for dry dehydrated skin. Although recently there has been research supporting that it plays an important role in the treatment of Acne. Applying this oil to your skin can help boost skin cell renewal. Dead skin cells fall off, thereby paving the way for new cells. This helps eliminate acne. Besides, this effect also helps clear acne scars faster.
Avocado oil treats psoriasis
A 2001 study published in Dermatology, provided evidence that a vitamin B12 cream containing avocado oil has considerable potential as a well-tolerated, long-term topical therapy for psoriasis. Psoriasis patients used the avocado oil cream for 12 weeks and showed consistent improvement throughout the study period.
Avocado oil treats dandruff and gives you healthy lustrous hair.
Avocado oil is great as a hair treatment and helps with dandruff as it nourishes and repairs the scalp without leaving your hair greasy. Dandruff is your scalps way of saying it is thirsty, and also needs a good exfoliation.
Massage a generous amount of the oil into your scalp before bed time, place a towel on your pillow case, or wrap your head in a shower cap and sleep on it.
In the morning wash your hair and condition as usual, your hair will feel luxurious and your scalp will feel great!