A massive thank you to Jada Haughton – White for writing this weeks blog, keep up the good work Jada!
Avocado oil is an edible oil pressed from the Avocado fruit. Its scientific name is “Persea Americana”. The oil is first native to Mexico, Regions and this is where the Aztec culture was established. “Nahuatl” is the language used by The Aztecs and avocado was called “ahuacatl”.
Avocado oil is known to have originated in central and south Mexico between the years of 7,00 and 5,00 B.C. In the 16thcentury the first Europeans- Spanish explorers also ate avocado. The Spanish called the fruit “aguacate” a transliteration from the Aztec word “ahuacatl”.
The avocado tree is a member of the flowering plant family “Lauraceae”, the fruit of the plant is also known as avocado pear or alligator pear.
1. Treats Damaged Skin
The vitamins and minerals in avocado oil are nourishing to the outside of the body as well as the inside. Vitamin E, Potassium and lecithin are all essential for nourishing skin and are found in avocado oil. They are absorbed through the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin). Once absorbed through the epidermis they are absorbed by the dermis where energy is provided for the healthy growth of skin. Therefor avocado oil is good for treating damaged skin, for example, burns, cuts, blisters, sunburn, acne and other wounds.
2. Lower your blood pressure
With avocado oil being High in vitamin E and potassium it is good for keeping blood vessels healthy. It does this by eradicating free radicals. When including avocado oil into your diet it can be very beneficial as it alters the levels of essential fatty oils in the kidneys, affecting the way they respond to the hormones that are in charge of regulating your blood pressure. Also, the anti-inflammatory advantages of avocado help to prevent damage to the arterial walls, reducing the risk of heart disease.
4. Use as a good Source of Vitamin E
Avocado oil is one of the top foods containing vitamin E. The soluble vitamin is good for many things such as improving eye health, maintaining healthy skin, boosting your immune system, improving memory and providing defence against oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals. By incorporating organic cold-pressed avocado oil into your diet you can absorb the vitamin much more efficiently.
5. For weight loss
Avocado oil is very high in oleic acid, which is an omega-9 fatty acid. Fatty acid is naturally found in both plant and animal oils. During exercise, the compound of the oil helps to quicken the enzymes that transport fat to the place in which it is stored for energy. The oil also improves blood flow to the muscles when exercising. Avocado oil is thick and full of nutrients which will most likely make you feel fuller for longer.
6. To reduce Inflammation
Because Avocado oil has such a high concertation of oleic acid which is anti-inflammatory, it is really beneficial when treated areas of irritation and inflammation. For example, using a thin layer of avocado oil for dry skin, insect bites, sunburn and eczema is a great natural remedy. Avocado oil has such a thick consistency it won’t soak into the skin as fast as other oils. Therefore larger quantities have to be used at one time. If you suffer from dandruff, by applying a small amount of the oil to your scalp and thoroughly massaging the oil into your scalp, is another remedy for a common problem caused by inflammation.
7. Cook with it
Avocado oil is very easy to incorporate in your daily diet. This oil can also be consumed cold and used as a cooking oil. This is because its fatty acids are stable at high heat.
What do you enjoy about Avocado Oil, let us know in the comments below.
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