My grandfather had an Avocado tree and he lived past hundred years.The tree is still living but my grandpa has departed and is watching us from the other side!I learned from him to plant FOOD trees .Back in olden times wisdom was much appreciated and elders were kept at bay like a well stream of enlightenment.
Does the word Ancient Masters ring a bell?When I was a little boy, I learned to listen and learn from my grandparents!They installed in me the affinity with MOTHER EAERTH to seek the secrets of Health from its bountiful herbs and food TREES!
I also learned to be part of a family where respect and love is another RECIPE as important like food for the body :Food for the soul .
Growing up in the kitchen watching mom preparing our food and around the garden where we had raised beds of radishes and various veggie in addition to the FOOD TREES!Back to the present.
Comes the AVOCADO TREE!It is a 10,000 years old traced to the ancient Aztecs of Centro and South America.Original Aztec name is AHUACATI meaning the" testicle tree fruit".The Spanish prounonced it as AGUA CATE .The English version is AVOCADO!
I wondered,back then, why this tree produced a weird fruits that no one else ate ,except my grandpa ?.In the US California is the primary producer of Avocado known as "HAAS",next comes Florida.
Florida Avocado is different than the California HAAS small fruit.
It is greener and bigger.Avocado has many other varieties , it is a : FRUIT high in minerals-VEGETABLE rich in vitamins-"VEGETERIAN MEAT"loaded with protein!
Main benefit as far as I am concerned is WEIGHT REDUCTION !
Disclaimer:The narration produced is intended for INFORMATION only.Consult with your health practitioner in case you are allergic to avocado or to seek medical help.Avocado does not treat or cure any disease.It is just food.I have lost weight eating one Locally grown avocado a day mainly as a salad with lemon,garlic and extra virgin olive oil.The Avocado tree follows the Mango tree in popularity as a Health Gold Mine ,mainly HELPFUL as :
1- Cancer Prevention
Avocados have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer also,AVOCADO has certain compounds able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells.Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.
2-Enhancer of IMMUNE SYSTEM!Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases. Avocados are a good source of ACE or vitamins:A ,C ,E hence a natural elixir for boosting the IMMUNE SYSTEM!
3-Terminator of" BAD "Cholesterol
Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. In one study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.
4-Booster of Heart Health
One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don't.
The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.The high levels of folate in avocado are also protective against strokes.
5-Metabolism Absorption Agent:Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado. In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn't include avocados.
6-Good Source of Glutathione :Glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease.
7-Vitamin E Gold Mine:Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps m aintains overall health.
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Note:I recommend eating LOCALLY grown avocados picked from a backyard tree , bought at a Farmers market or organic sold at health food stores. .Commercial Avocado may be fumigated with Ethylene to ripen .
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Tony Dagher Ba,CFMG