Mexican researchers have recently proven that the nutrients in avocados fight free-radicals in the mitochondria. This is good news for anti-aging enthusiasts, but also for diabetics, hypertension sufferers, and others. Antioxidents from other produce are often unable to enter the mitochondria inside the cells, leaving free radicals continuing to do damage to the cell.
Christian Cortés-Rojo, a researcher at Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo in Morelia, Michoacán, México, emphasized that these findings reinforce the good reputation the avocado has when it comes to health maintenance. He points to pioneering research by Mario Alvizouri-Muñoz, a doctor at the Morelia General Hospital, who demonstrated that avocado lowers the blood concentration of cholesterol and certain fats that are increased in diabetic patients and that may lead to stroke or heart attack.
Sounds like it’s good for everyone, not just diabetics, et. al.
You certainly don’t have to tell me about the healthfulness of avocados! Avocados provide the good fats that those of us with degenerative nervous system diseases like multiple sclerosis need in abundance to help build and repair the nerves. Avocados were among the first foods I fed my babies because they are so good and good-for-you. As I’ve told many audiences in my speeches, you could live a long time on avocados alone.
I often enjoy an avocado halved, sprinkled with sea salt, and scooped out with a spoon. My kids love it this way, too, though I’ll also dice it into salads or burritos. Mashed for guacamole, or blended for the base in a creamy salad dressing, are two more ways to use avocados. I even cook with avocados! Several Glorious One-Pot Meal recipe call for placing avocado slices inside the Dutch oven. As Amazon reviewer TacomaPat wrote:
“The California Chicken was wonderful. Who knew you could take a firm, ripe, sliced avocado and cook it at 450 degrees for 45 minutes and have it come out the same beautiful color and texture that it was when it went into the pot?”
Avocados are not only a delicious portable snack, but a true multi-use food with huge health benefits!