Often the avocado seed is tossed into the bin or compost pile, or sprouted to create an avocado tree. What most people don’t know is that the avocado seed is edible as well… and even more nutritious than the flesh.
Following are 8 great reasons to eat avocado seeds…
8 Reasons To Eat Avocado Seeds…
70% of the antioxidants are found in the seed. These antioxidants have the power to neutralize free radicals, which are linked to many diseases and obesity. Avocado seed contains polyphenols similar to the ones found in green tea.
Packed With Soluble Fibers
The seed is packed with soluble fibers. Actually it contains more soluble fibers than most other foods on our planet.
Soothe Digestive Issues
Avocado seed has been used for ages in South-America to treat dysentery and GI tract issues. It reduces inflammation, prevents gastric ulcers, and relieves constipation. It is great for diarrhea as well and can help prevent bacterial and viral diseases.
Cancer Fighting Properties
The seeds contain flavonol, a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent or reduce tumor growth.
A 2013 study published in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology found that extract from avocado fruit and seeds caused leukemia cells to self-destruct.
In a more recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal Cancer Research, researchers discovered that a compound found in avocado seed extract called avocatin B was effective against acute myeloid leukemia cells.
Good For Your Heart
Its high levels of dietary fiber lowers cholesterol. It actually binds cholesterol before it has the chance to be absorbed in our blood. Antioxidant activity of avocado seed might also help prevent cardiovascular issues such as the formation of plaque which can lead to strokes and heart attacks.
Strengthen Immune System
The seed can help you through flu and cold season by strengthening your immune system and keeping free radicalsat bay.
Lowers Blood Glucose And Maintain Weight
Avocado seed extract helps to lower blood glucose and maintain a healthy weight. it helps curb the appetite and gives a full feeling over a longer period of time.
Slow Down Aging
Thanks to its antioxidants, avocado seed may slow down the aging process and the formation of wrinkles. It has the ability to rebuild collagen to keep your skin firm and youthful.
How To Eat Avocado Seed
Avocado seed can be used in smoothies, sauces, or dressings, but keep in mind that they are slightly bitter to the taste. So add enough sweet countering ingredients (like sweet fruits or raw honey) to cover up the bitterness.
The best way to use avocado seed: grind into a powder and add to sauces, dressings, or smoothies.
To avoid ruining your blender or food processor, especially if it’s not a high speed blender or powerful food processor, dry seed in a plastic bag and crush with a hammer first.
You can also add it to your facial mask or scrubs as an exfoliant or make avocado pit tea.
FYI: the seed can also be used as a natural pink-hued dye for fabric.