Avocado seeds have been habitually thrown away by modern society even though they take up more than 18% of the fruit.
However, after observing the use of avocado seeds by the American Indian culture to cure digestive disorders such as ulcers, gastroenteritis and flatulence, a number of studies were conducted to prove the multiple health claims that it had gained for centuries. The discoveries revealed more than anyone could have ever expected from the humble avocado seed!
As it turns out, avocado seeds contain incredible health benefits and are a rich source of fiber, antioxidants and disease-preventative compounds.
In 2003 the University of Singapore conducted a study to observe the antioxidant compound in tropical fruit seeds and found that they contained more than 70% antioxidant value than the fruit itself. Avocado seeds were one of the top choices for antioxidant power, which makes them an excellent way to combat aging, cellular deterioration and oxidative stress in the body.
In 2009 the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine analyzed the effect of avocado seed extract on bacteria and fungi and candida. The test tube study revealed that avocado seeds are able to successfully inhibit pathogens such as fungal bacteria and candida, as well as having the added benefit of inhibiting the spread of yellow fever.
The most recent study took place in April 2015, where Canadian and Italian scientists gathered to study the effect of avocado seed extract on cancer cells, with a particular focus on preventing the spread of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) cells. AML is a cancer which develops in bone marrow and then spreads into the bloodstream in the form of leukemia. It was found that not only did avocado seed extract destroy AML cells, but it also had absolutely no negative side effect on normal blood cells, which is something that chemotherapy cannot offer.
What Makes an Avocado Seed So Powerful?
The incredible dose of antioxidants contained in each avocado seed has multiple health benefits as it reduces free radical damage and oxidative stress caused by pollution, food chemicals and the sun’s harmful UV rays. Antioxidants help to reduce aging on a cellular level, which helps to keep the heart, brain and entire body healthy.
It also contains an intense dose of soluble fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure and eliminates toxins and disease from the body. Dietary fiber is essential in maintaining a healthy digestive system as it helps to reduce constipation, flatulence, inflammation and improves nutrient absorption.
A physician who has been honored by both the American Cancer Society and the United Nations, Dr. Tom Wu, has confirmed that avocado seeds contain the highest amounts of soluble fiber compared to any other natural food source.
The seed is also full of essential fatty acids and avocado oil, which helps to nourish joints, bones and skin tissue. It further helps to increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels, keeping the heart at a low risk for heart disease, stroke and heart failure. Avocado oil has also proven to be excellent for hair, helping to nourish follicles for long and strong hair.
Chronic inflammation can lead to multiple diseases and painful ailments and avocado seeds are exactly what your body needs to fight it. They contain catechins and procyanidins, which are powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that can help to reduce arthritis, hypertension and other inflammatory diseases.
Lastly, the California Avocado Society has confirmed that avocado seeds are a rich source of potassium, which helps to reduce muscle cramps and helps the body to maintain fluid balance, eliminating water retention and toxin buildup.
How Can You Include Avocado Seeds in Your Diet?
Avocado seeds are not as hard to dissect as one might think: simply slice it into quarters and then add it to your regular smoothie for an incredible boost in nutrition.
Alternatively, add the quarters to a blender or grinder and make into a powder for future use. Its tannins give it a bitter taste, so it’s best to add to smoothies, cereals or fruit juice. You can also grate it and use it as a garnish on salads or in soups, sauces and creative meals.
Half an avocado seed gives you sufficient benefits to count as one full serving.
Artificial sweeteners alter gut bacteria and cause metabolic dysfunction leading to obesity and diabetes
To be able to explain this research, it is best to get a few things out in the open for the global community of health enthusiasts to appreciate. The "artificial sweetener" conversation and research is changing, so there must be a new definition of what artificial sweetener means and the platform upon which they are ALL sold to the unknowing public. Consider the following definitions that serve as building blocks for total appreciation of this breaking research revealed about human metabolism:
Metabolic is defined as relating to or deriving from the metabolism of a living organism.
Metabolism is defined as the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of biochemical and physiological abnormalities (and conditions) that occur together, such as increased blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood sugar level and excess body fat around the waist. This greatly increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and, of course, diabetes.
Specific artificial sweeteners were found to alter the gut's microbial community in HUMANS and mice, and this "multi-pronged" study tells us that this "zero calorie" fake sugar consumption sets in motion metabolic changes associated with diabetes and obesity. How ironic that the very platform upon which artificial sweeteners are sold is the nemesis of their consumers. Want to gain weight? Eat synthetic sweeteners that have ZERO calories. Want to go from borderline diabetic to full -blown diabetic? Eat toxic sugar substitutes that are advertised by skinny, healthy models who don't eat them.
Stroke, heart disease and diabetes - three "zero calorie" problems you can't overlook
Though the findings are preliminary, four out of the seven human volunteers eating a diet high in a specific artificial sweetener developed impaired glucose metabolism, a major warning sign for type 2 diabetes. Manufacturers of artificial sweeteners have been claiming for decades that sugar substitutes pass through the gut undigested. This is a BIG LIE.
Basically, that very diet of zero-calorie sweet-tasting foods and drinks is contributing to weight gain and metabolic syndrome -- and to that cluster of biochemical and physiological abnormalities that your MD won't be able to "figure out" or even help with ANY kind of medication. And why is that? Because without proper advice, you will continue consuming a laboratory-made synthetic sweetener that contains chemicals that alter your normal body chemistry right in the biological seat of the entire immune system -- your gut.
The new research study, led by a computational biologist and an immunologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, suggests that artificial sweeteners may promote obesity and diabetes, after all of these years that the creators said just the opposite, that they were safe and harmless.
The study: 11 weeks of drinking water doped with saccharin, sucralose or aspartame!
The results: Mice had "abnormally high glucose levels in their blood after eating." This glucose metabolism spike happened in just five weeks and is considered the hallmark of diabetes. Saccharin (a.k.a. Sweet'N Low) was the quickest contributor to high blood glucose levels, so the researchers zeroed in on it. Also, it appears to have the same effect, regardless of whether the mice were lean or overweight. Meanwhile, all the mice eating the glucose-laced water were shown to have NORMAL metabolisms.
Do you think that the scientists who invented these no-calorie poisons knew this all along? You bet they did. Many were hired by pharmaceutical companies to drive business to the allopathic doctors who prescribe useless medications. The research shows the genetic analyses of the microbes in the intestines of animals (including humans) and reveals MAJOR differences in microbial groups that are responsible for proper glucose metabolism. "This is the home run experiment," said immunologist Cathryn Nagler of the University of Chicago. "It's telling you that it is some change in the bacterial community that is detrimental."
What is clear is that these artificial sweeteners DO NOT pass through the intestines without effect. They're also killing off good bacteria. Combined with heavy antibiotic use, many humans who consume these toxic sweeteners are setting themselves up for health detriment. If you want a healthy alternative, try Stevia or organic xylitol, and be on your way back to good health.
Coconut oil has been a dietary and beauty staple for millennia. It’s a powerful destroyer of all kinds of microbes, from viruses to bacteria to protozoa, many of which can be harmful, and provides your body with high-quality fat that is critical for optimal health.
Around 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is rarely found in nature. In fact, coconut oil contains the most lauric acid of any substance on Earth.
Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, a monoglyceride that can actually destroy lipid-coated viruses such as HIV and herpes, influenza, measles, gram-negative bacteria, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia.
This is undoubtedly part of what makes it so medicinally useful—both when taken internally and applied externally.
Coconut oil is easy on your digestive system and does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream, so for a quick energy boost, you could simply eat a spoonful of coconut oil, or add it to your food. In the video above, I also share my recipe for a scrumptious yet healthful chocolate treat, courtesy of the healthy fat from coconut oil.
To get more coconut oil into your diet, you can add it to your tea or coffee, in lieu of a sweetener. It will also help improve absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, so taking a spoonful of coconut oil along with your daily vitamins may help boost their effectiveness.
Coconut oil is ideal for all sorts of cooking and baking, as it can withstand higher temperatures without being damaged like many other oils (olive oil, for example, should not be used for cooking for this reason).
Furthermore, coconut oil does not go rancid, which is a huge boon when you’re making homemade concoctions. Coconut oil that has been kept at room temperature for a year has been tested for rancidity, and showed no evidence of it. Since you would expect the small percentage of unsaturated oils naturally contained in coconut oil to become rancid, it seems that the other (saturated) oils have a powerful antioxidant effect.
General Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
In all, coconut oil offers a truly impressive array of health benefits when included in your daily diet. In addition to its antimicrobial properties, coconut oil is beneficial for:
While coconut oil is an ideal food for fostering health and beauty from the inside out, it also has a staggering number of other uses, from topical beauty applications to first aid treatments, to general household cleaning. Once you’re done reading through this article, you’ll probably be inspired to stock up for all eventualities!
Coconut Oil Can Replace Dozens of Beauty and Personal Care Products
One of the best personal care products you’ll ever find may be sitting in your kitchen cupboard right now. The video above, featuring HolisticHabits blogger and coconut oil aficionado Sarah, recounts many of its beauty uses. The second video includes a recipe making your own coconut oil-based deodorant. A previous article by Delicious Obsessions also lists no less than 122 creative uses for this household staple, including 21 DIY coconut oil skin care recipes. For example, coconut oil can be used to replace the following personal care and beauty products.
Hair’s Best Friend
Coconut oil is also known for its hair benefits. Most women seem to prefer using it as a pre-shampoo conditioner. Simply massage the coconut oil onto dry hair and leave on for about an hour or longer. You could even leave it on overnight. Just wear a shower cap to protect your pillow. Then, wash and style as usual.
When applied in this manner, the coconut oil inhibits the penetration of water into the hair strands, which would otherwise cause the cuticle, or surface of the hair shaft, to rise, making it prone to damage and breakage. Furthermore, when applied as a pre-wash treatment, a small amount of the coconut oil is able to penetrate deeper into the hair shaft during the wash, when the hair fiber swells slightly.
This can also explain why so many rave about the oil’s ability to prevent “the frizzies” in humid weather—this is another feature of its hydrophobic activity. More porous types of hair may find coconut oil particularly beneficial, such as African and chemically treated hair, as well as those suffering with any type of scalp problems, including dandruff.
Coconut oil mixed with baking soda makes for very simple and inexpensive, yet effective, toothpaste. It’s also a great alternative if you want a fluoride-free toothpaste but don’t want to spend the extra money, since they tend to cost more than most regular, fluoridated toothpaste brands.
Another oral health technique where I believe coconut oil can be quite beneficial is oil pulling. This technique has significantly reduced my plaque buildup, allowing me to go longer between visits to the dental hygienist. (Adding fermented vegetables to my diet has been another game-changer in my oral health.)
Oil pulling is a practice dating back thousands of years, having originated with Ayurvedic medicine. When oil pulling is combined with the antimicrobial power of coconut oil, I believe it can be a very powerful health tool. Sesame oil is traditionally recommended, but it has relatively high concentration of omega-6 oils. Therefore, I believe coconut oil is far superior, and, in my mind, it tastes better. But from a mechanical and biophysical perspective, it is likely that both work.
Oil pulling involves rinsing your mouth with the oil, much like you would with a mouthwash. The oil is “worked” around your mouth by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through your teeth for a period of 15 minutes. If you are obsessive like me and want even better results, you can go for 30-45 minutes. This process allows the oil to “pull out” bacteria, viruses, fungi and other debris. The best time is in the morning before eating breakfast, but it can be done at any time. I try to do it twice a day if my schedule allows. When done, spit out the oil and rinse your mouth with water. Avoid swallowing the oil as it will be loaded with bacteria and whatever potential toxins and debris it has pulled out.
When done correctly, oil pulling has a significant cleansing, detoxifying and healing affect, not only for your mouth and sinuses but for the rest of your body as well. Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in your mouth, and these germs and their toxic waste products can contribute to plaque accumulation and tooth decay, in addition to secondary infections and chronic inflammation throughout your body. Oil pulling may help lessen the overall toxic burden on your immune system by preventing the spread of these organisms from your mouth to the rest of your body, by way of your bloodstream.
Coconut Oil to the Rescue
Besides its usefulness in the kitchen and bathroom, coconut oil deserves a place in your medicine cabinet as well—again courtesy of its antimicrobial and anti-viral activity. For example, coconut oil may be helpful in the treatment of:
Coconut Oil—More Effective Than Permethrin for Head Lice
According to research published in the European Journal of Pediatrics, a combination of coconut oil and anise was found to be nearly twice as effective as the commonly prescribed permethrin lotion for the treatment of head lice. According to the authors:
“We designed a randomized, controlled, parallel group trial involving 100 participants with active head louse infestation to investigate the activity of a coconut and anise spray and to see whether permethrin lotion is still effective, using two applications of product 9 days apart. The spray was significantly more successful (41/50, 82.0%) cures compared with permethrin (21/50, 42.0%…). Per-protocol success was 83.3% and 44.7%, respectively. Thirty-three people reported irritant reactions following alcohol contact with excoriated skin. We concluded that, although permethrin lotion is still effective for some people, the coconut and anise spray can be a significantly more effective alternative treatment.” [Emphasis mine]
Isn’t it wonderful to see how nature provides us with so many effective solutions to so many of our ills? And does so in a way that is oftentimes more effective than our chemical drug concoctions! Another anecdotal Hawaiian head lice treatment is to first soak your hair in vinegar and leave it in to dry (don’t rinse). Next, coat your hair with coconut oil over night. I’d recommend sleeping with a shower cap to protect your bedding. The following day, the nits reportedly comb out easily.
14 Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil Around the House
Last but not least, coconut oil can be used for a number of household tasks otherwise relegated to more costly, and potentially toxic, alternatives. Following are 14 creative yet practical uses for this fantastic oil: