I love Avocados. I love them in salads or in a smoothie. Or simply squeezing some fresh lime or lemon and a dash of Celtic Sea Salt for a quick snack. They are simply a perfect fruit to me. But in recent years, like the apricot seeds, I started to hear about the benefits of the Avocado seed. Some call it the pit. It seemed all they were good for was to stick them in the bowl of guacamole to stop it from browning, or so I thought. But it turns out it's very powerful and useful. Turns out the seed is the most beneficial part of the avocado. It's such a powerful antioxidant, it helps reduce inflammation and ease joint pain.
Over 65% of the amino acids can be found in the avocado seed. It also contains more fiber than many other foods.
A recent Pennsylvania State University Study on the phenolic antioxidant compounds in the seed found they may lower high cholesterol. high blood pressure, reduce inflammatory conditions, diabetes, and boost your immunity. The seeds even have insecticidal, fungicidal, and anti-microbial properties.
Avocado seeds also work to reduce inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. For diarrhea, the seed can be used for medicine for infections and stomach problems. In ancient South America avocado seeds were used to treat dysentery, gastric ulcers, and other digestive issues.
How do you consume the pit you may be wondering? The two most important tools you will need are a sharp knife and a powerful food processor. Cut the avocado in half carefully. Assuming you're using a sharp knife and the avocado is ripe, it should be easy enough to carefully take your blade and forcefully hit it into the middle of the seed. Like you were trying to split it in half. Except once the knife is lodged into the seed, you should be able to give it a slight twist and have it slide easily out from the avocado. Using your food processor, grind the seed into a fine powder.
The seed can be eaten in salads, make tea, smoothies or shakes. You will use about half the avocado seed grounded to add to a smoothie for example. The seed is quite bitter so you'll want to put it into things like a 'raw avocado and cacao smoothie' or a 'green smoothie'.
I found this cool video demonstration to share with you.
Inside and out the avocado is a food of the gods. There's probably more than 10 reasons not to throw that seed away!
3. High in fiber
4. Heals gastrointestinal issues
5. Found to increase levels of collagen, helping firm your skin and reduce wrinkles.
6. Strengthen your immune system and helping to prevent disease.
7. Very effective when it comes to burning fat. Helps you feel full so you don't eat to excess, which helps you lose weight.
8. High energy food.
9. Avocado seed prevents the growth of tumors because of it's flavonol content.
1o. It also contains polyphenols, also associated with green tea. Which are a micronutrient known for evidence of their role in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Stay tuned because next week we go into my kitchen to make our own delicious recipe!