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Avocados are a healthy exotic fruit which goes well with different kinds of dishes.You can also eat it plain or add it to smoothies or salads. However, most people make the mistake of throwing away the seed once they open the fruit.

Avocado seeds indeed contain tannins which are toxic, but you have to consume a big number of seeds to poison yourself. According to a 2013 study, the avocado seed extract is safe for consumption.

Health benefits of eating avocado seeds

These seeds are rich in folate, vitamin B and healthy fats, as well as fatty acids, triterpenes, phytosterols and glucosides. The seed contains 70% of an avocado’s antioxidants and is one of the best natural sources of fiber.

The avocado seed has powerful antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, inseticidial, larvicidal, hypolipidemic and antihypertensive properties which can prevent many diseases and protect your health.

  1. Fights cancer

Avocado seeds contain flavonols, powerful antioxidants which can prevent cancer. According to a 2013 study, the extract from the fruit and seeds causes leukemia cells to self-destruct. A more recent study discovered that the avocado seed extract called avocation B is highly effective against myeloid leukemia cells.

  1. Treats heart disease

A 2012 study published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition found that avocado seed flour can reduce the total and LDL cholesterol levels in mice, and can also prevent arterial plaque buildup. The dietary fiber in avocado seeds is related to low cholesterol levels – it binds to the cholesterol in the intestinal tract and prevents its absorption. Other studies have shown that eating avocados can increase your “good” (HDL) cholesterol and reduce high blood pressure and inflammation besides treating diabetes.

  1. Digestive benefits

Avocados improve digestion and can treat a wide range of digestive diseases such as gastric ulcers and diarrhea. The antioxidant and fiber content of avocados are responsible for the digestive benefits.

  1. Reinforces the immune system

A strong immune system means better chances against any disease. Avocado seeds and the fruit itself are rich in antioxidants, procyanidins and catechins which have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce joint stiffness and pain besides strengthening the immune system. According to a 2009 in-vitro study, the antifungal properties of the seed can prevent candida and other fungal infections which are related to weak immune system.

  1. Reduces wrinkles

According to different studies, avocado oil can increase the levels of collagen in your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The fruit and its extract are also great for treating acne and inflammation.

How to extract avocado seed

Cut the avocado first, then tap your knife into the pit quickly and slide it out of the fruit. Put the seed into a bag and crush it with a hammer, then use it mixed with dates, bananas, spinach or add it to smoothies.

Recipe for a perfect avocado smoothie

Ingredients

Half an avocado

Half an avocado seed

Half an apple

1 small piece of ginger

1 cup of spinach

1 cup of almond milk or water

1 pear

Preparation

Smash the seed first, then mix all the ingredients in a blender until you get a fine smoothie.

Besides tasty smoothies, avocados can be used for guacamole, face masks, avocado tea and as a food additive.