Avocado or Alligator Pear
Before we dive into the benefits of avocado seeds let’s talk a bit about the fruit.
Avocado tree is native to Mexico and Central America. The fruit is also called avocado (named after the tree) or alligator pear.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
I kind of like this name too as it looks like a pear and its skin looks like the alligators’ skin, especially if you buy the very dark one known as hass avocado.
Basically it is a large berry type fruit with a massive single seed.
They have a green-skinned, fleshy body that may be pear-shaped, egg-shaped, or spherical.
Avocado trees are partially self-pollinating and often are propagated through grafting to maintain a predictable quality and quantity of the fruit.
Originated in the state of Puebla, Mexico
It has a native, undomesticated variety too, called criollo.
The use of avocado dates back to 10.000 BC or further but the oldest evidence is from around the time.
I think it would not surprise you if I say these oldest fossils and evidence were found in a cave in Puebla state, Mexico. That is why it is originated from there.
The cultivation of the avocado tree started very early, around 5.000 BC, in Central and South America and it was introduced around the world after Columbus voyages.
The first written account of avocado is from 1519.
Everybody knows that avocados are very healthy and contain lots of vitamins, minerals, good fatty acids and antioxidants.
But what about the seed?
“They are freakin’ big and we wish from them to be a lot smaller.” Unfortunately the most of us throw them out as a so called “useless” part of the fruit. WRONG!
It is said the avocado seed makes up to 70% of the fruit’s nutritional benefit.
But wait, please do not go straight away to your fruit basket and bite into a seed because you will break a tooth or two. There are ways to get it ready for absorption as we will see it later.
Before you do that, let’s see the benefits of the avocado seed.
Avocado seed benefits
– The seed holds 70 % of the avocado’s antioxidants, including the well-respected polyphenols associated with green tea (also found in Eggplant).
– It has more soluble fiber than even top tier fiber providers e.g oatmeal and it is great for your digestive system.
– It has high level of antioxidants that help regulate intestinal function and have even been shown to prevent tumor growth.
(The University of Antioquia, in Medellin, Colombia in November of 2013 found that extract of avocado seed and the fruit had a pro-apoptotic effect on leukemia cells. The extract caused the leukemia cells to self-destruct and left the normal cells healthy and stable.)
– Antioxidants such as catechins (also found in green tea) and procyandins that act as anti-inflammatories, reduce pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of joint function.
– It also helps to reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
– The oil within ups the amount of collagen in our skin, keeping it wrinkle-free, as well as shining up the hair (or the beard if you have no hair like me, hehe).
– Seeds lower cholesterol so they help to prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke.
How to use the avocado seed?
Cut the seed (and not your finger, you need to be very careful as the seed is quite slimy, slippery) into 4 or chop it up into more pieces and blend or ground it.
When you are ready you can add the grounded seed to any food or drink as it is tasteless.
Here’s a few of my favourite ways to use the seed:
– Smoothie: again, add the chopped or cut seed to it and blend
– Avocado seed tea: helps to treat belly ache. Halve the seed and drop it in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then drink this infusion slowly.
– Helps with itchy skin: Smash the seed and infuse it in olive oil for a week, then filter it into a bottle or jar. This oil can be applied to itchy, sore skin.
– To reduce tooth ache: Cut off a piece of the pit and apply to a sore tooth to ease the pain.
– Shampoo: This shampoo thickens and softens hair, and they say it also helps reduce graying.
How to make avocado seed shampoo
1. Wash and dry three pits
2. Using a vegetable grater, grate them into a pot
3. Add six cups of water and bring to a boil
4. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Let it cool
5. Strain into a bottle or jar
6. Combine three cups of this infusion with 2 oz. natural shampoo
7. Refrigerate the rest and mix with shampoo as needed.
Homemade natural face scrub
1. Simply grind up a dried seed or chop it into pieces and use a spice blender.
2. Mix in one mashed banana and one tablespoon of coconut or almond oil.
3. Apply to skin and gently exfoliate before rinsing well.
So, eat avocado!
In overall, as a health professional, I strongly recommend to eat avocado seeds.
It is very high in anti-fungal, anti-tumor, anti-microbal and anti-inflammatory properties because of its high antioxidant level.
Also helps to maintain healthy skin and hair (I still stick with the facials, hehe), helps to prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer and can reduces the symptoms of arthritis.
An avocado seed is a very tiny thing in the big universe, just like us, but it has even greater benefits.
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