Avocado could possibly be one of the most perfect nutritional foods.  They contain more potassium than bananas! Some studies have shown that having a high Potassium intake is linked to reduced blood pressure which is a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.

They also contain over 25 essential nutrients including iron, copper, magnesium and zinc as well as essential fatty acids that help the body to function optimally. They are also high in Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E and contain small amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin B2 and Vitamin B3.

Avocados increase the body’s ability to assimilate nutrients and are a wonderful addition to green leafy salads to ensure proper absorption of all the vitamins and minerals.  Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble, meaning that they need fat to be absorbed and assimilated by the body. This applies to antioxidants too, like carotenoids. Studies have shown that eating avocado or avocado oil or olive oil with your veggies and salads dramatically increases the amounts of antioxidants you absorb.  Avocados are also high in Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are very important for good eye health. These nutrients are have been shown to drastically reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, so slice up those avos into your salads daily! Alternatively, add some fresh lemon juice, ground salt and pepper and scoop that delicious ago out with a spoon. Delicious!

They are an excellent source of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant which helps boost the immune system, strengthen the heart, rebuild the nervous system and slow the ageing process. Adding segments of citrus fruit to your avocado salads can increase your absorption of glutathione by as much as 50%!

It is a food very high in fats, specifically oleic acid which is also the main component in olive oil. Oleic acid has been linked to reduced.  The monounsaturated fats in avocados help reverse insulin resistance, which helps to steady blood sugar levels.  Besides fats, avocados are also high fibre foods which are helpful in reducing blood sugar spikes. 

They are also high in folic acid which is essential for pregnancy.  Folic acid is also known to aid in the prevention of strokes and reducing heart disease. Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium. In fact studies have shown that avocados can help reduce cholesterol levels in the body.

Avocado is a low GI food.

For a delicious green avocado salad, see our Recipes page.