(1) New research from UCLA indicates that California avocados have nearly twice as much Vitamin E as previously reported., making avocados the highest fruit source of the powerful antioxidant. Vitamin E is known to slow the aging process, protect against heart disease and common forms of cancer by neutralizing free radicals in the body.
(2) Avocados are also the highest fruit source of lutein – a phytochemical known as a carotenoid, which helps protect against prostate cancer and eye disease such as cataracts and macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly.
(3) Avocados are the top rated fruit for glutathione content. Glutathione functions as an antioxidant like vitamin E to neutralize free radicals that can cause cell damage which leads to disease.
(4) Avocados also rank highest in the following phytochemicals and nutrients among the most frequently consumed fruits
-Beta-sitosterol which lowers blood cholesterol levels.
-Monounsaturated fats – heart healthy fats proven to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and boost HDL (good) cholesterol.
-Folate – promotes healthy cell and tissue development, helping to protect against birth defects.
-Potassium – helps balance the body's electrolytes. Avocados contains 60% more potassium than bananas.
-Magnesium – helps produce energy and is important for muscle contraction and relaxation
-Fiber – lowers cholesterol and reduces risk of heart attack.
Of course the benefits are great listed by avacoado.org, adding them to your diet is not easy. I suggest you add avocados into your diet via sandwiches. I like egg salad with strip of avocados on a heavy grain bread. Then of course mexcian food…..:P