I know what you’re thinking, I couldn’t believe it either when I read the research but I must admit it IS compelling and so I tried it. I don’t recommend, within reason, what I don’t first do myself and it was easy and no taste when I placed into my green smoothie protein shake along with my natural sweetener, Stevia.
I love avocados, I was raised in So. California on a large property that had over a dozen mature trees. As kids we’d walk home from school and pick one off the tree, peel and eat like you’d eat a banana. Today, I still consume an avocado a day for its superior protein, healthy oils and health benefits too numerous to list for this article. That said, most of us do not know that the actual large seed (pit) provides an impressive array of highly health-enhancing properties...Click to continue reading...
The Flesh & MORE…
An avocado flesh is packed with healthy fats and nutrients, however, more than 70 percent of the total antioxidant concentration is contained in the pit. The following are the most impressive health benefits from consuming the seed (don’t panic, at the end of this article I’ll tell you how to use it).
- Inflammation – the walloping concentration of antioxidants in the avocado pit is where their inflammation-fighting health properties come from. They contain high concentrations of catechins and procyanidins – antioxidants known scientifically to reduce inflammation associated with pain, swelling, stiffness and impaired joint function. Furthermore, these two antioxidants promote heart health and healthy blood circulation.
- Cancer-fighting – In a 2013 study at the University of Antioquia, a research university in the city of Medellin, Colombia, extracts made from avocado seeds had a pro-apoptotic influence on leukemia cells; meaning the extract caused leukemia cells to actually die while leaving the normal healthy cells stable. In the future, your wholistic health professional will be telling you to use the seed in your diet both as a proactive and reactive approach to cancer…it’s literally the pits!
- Digest This – In their native homelands of Mexico and Central America, avocado seeds have been used for centuries to treat a wide range of digestive disorders that includes, but is not limited to, dysentery, gastric ulcers, and a variety of inflammatory bowel disorders. Consumed regularly, the seeds promote healthy digestive function through their potent concentrations of antioxidants and fiber that help support G.I. function by promoting growth and maintenance of healthy gut bacteria – the microbiota.
- Weight-loss – The high concentration of fiber supports healthy digestion while helping to maintain optimal weight. The fiber creates a feeling of satiety – causing you to feel full and satisfied so that you’re not as apt to overeat. In addition, the seed helps control blood sugar because it discourages binge eating.
- Skin Support – The superfood blend of antioxidants in pits helps your skin become supple and clear, helping to rebuild collagen, promote cellular repair caused by free-radical damage, and help enhance the wholistic rejuvenation protocols of aging without feeling or looking old.
Now…How to EAT Avocado Pits…
I’ve outlined the many benefits contained in avocado pits, you’re probably wondering how the heck to eat them. They’re hard, heavy and seemingly close to indestructible – not really.
- First – remove the seed from the surrounding flesh by cutting the avocado in half with a large sharp knife – whack the knife down hard on the pit to stick it onto the blade so you can easily just lift out.
- Second – cut the seed into quarters with a sharp knife, watch out for your fingers and be sure to place the seed on a towel or a non-sliding surface. The seed is actually surprisingly easy to cut with a suitably sharp knife.
- Third – place the quarters into a powerful blender like a Vita Mix and process until you make a fine powder. I tried doing it in my NutraBullet and another juicer and it didn’t break it down as nice as I would have liked – the Vita Mix did a great job! Now, divide the resulting powder into two servings — one is enough for a single serving, so put the other half in a storage container in the fridge. Now you can throw the powder into a smoothie mix, but be sure the other ingredients are relatively strong, as the seed powder can be quite bitter due to its tannins. I use Stevia to sweeten my green smoothies and I have so many ingredients included like vegetables, fruit, milk alternative, seeds, nuts, vitamin C powder, Braggs apple cider vinegar, etc. I couldn’t even taste the avocado pit powder…make it tasty or you won’t be consistent and therefore will not benefit from the health-enhancing properties…
It IS the Pits, in this case, that this scientific information isn’t known by most North American’s -- citizens and health professionals.