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Anti Aging Properties of Avocados

Eat More Avocados for Longevity

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Updated May 16, 2009

Anti Aging Avocado

Anti Aging Avocado

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The avocado is a wonder food when it comes to anti aging and longevity. First of all, avocados are delicious (even more delicious when made into guacamole). Next, avocados are filled with all sorts of great nutrients that help your body make repairs and live longer. Here's just a short list:
  • Oleic Acid: This is a healthy fat that many believe can be used to lower bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol.
  • Potassium: A cup of avocados contains about 25% of your daily supply of potassium. Potassium helps protect your heart and arteries and could reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
  • Folate: Folate is a great micronutrient and the same cup of avocado contains around 23% of the folate you need each day. People who get the right amount of folate have a decreased risk of heart attacks (by as much as 55%).
  • Antioxidants: Avocados are a rich source of antioxidants. These substances help your body fight off damage from free radicals. This protects your organs and tissues from damage over time.
Are you convinced? I hope so. Avocados are a delicious source of multiple nutrients. Slice one up and put it on your salad. Just remember to count the calories (a cup of avocados has about 235 calories) and be careful not to eat your avocado with too many chips.

Next Anti Aging Food: Walnuts

Source(s):

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Nutrition Information for Raw Fruits.

Bazzano LA, He J, Odgen LG et al. Dietary intake of folate and risk of stroke in US men and women:NHANES I Epidemiologic Follow-up Study. Stroke 2002 May;33(5):1183-9 2002.

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