Avocado oil is a specialty oil with known health benefits. Unlike most oils which are extracted from the seed, avocado oil is derived from the pulp of the fruit. This allows it to be consumed without refining.
With so many oils available on the market today, it is challenging to know what is best for you. Here we provide some interesting information on the health benefits of unrefined avocado oil.
Unrefined oil is mechanically extracted at a temperature lower than 50ºC. Thus it can be identified as extra virgin and cold-pressed. This is important to your health as the trans fatty acids increase when oils are extracted by other methods.
Extracting the oil with care allows it to retain not only its natural flavour and scent but all its nutrients. For this reason, the oil retains all the characteristics of the avocado itself. Unrefined avocado oil has no added chemicals or preservatives. It is completely unprocessed and so is 100% natural.
1. Promotes digestive health.
The healthy fats in avocado oil nourish the lining of the gut. By increasing the health of the gut, you not only promote your ability to properly absorb nutrients but improve your mind-body connection. This supports mental health and wellbeing. Avocado oil is also low FODMAP (unlike whole avocados) making it a great choice for those with digestive issues.
2. A great source of Oleic Acid.
Oleic acid is a healthy long-chain fatty acid. It has many health benefits. Importantly it has the ability to reduce glucose production. Through this reduction, your body can regulate and if necessary, cut its food intake.
3. Reduces cholesterol levels.
Avocado oil can improve the health of your heart by reducing your blood triglyceride levels. It has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol.
4. Reduces blood pressure.
A diet rich in avocado oil can alter the fatty acid content in your heart and kidney tissue. This aids your body in reducing your overtaxed blood pressure system.
5. Improves eye health.
Avocados contain both monounsaturated fatty acids and lutein. This combination improves the absorption of carotenoids from other fruits and vegetables you consume. In this way, avocado oil improves the health of your eyes and lowers the risk of eye diseases synonymous with aging.
6. Helps prevent gum disease.
Studies using avocado oil have shown benefits in the treatment of periodontal diseases. Those aided by the oil included gingivitis, periodontitis, and gum inflammation.
7. Reduces the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Studies combining avocado oil and soybean extract have established a reduction in the symptoms of arthritis. This comes about through the mediation of reactive oxygen species in chondrocytes.
8. Promotes wound healing.Avocado oil has an abundance of proteins, minerals, and vitamins A, D and E. Making it an excellent source of moisture for dry or damaged skin. The oil increases the levels of a protein naturally found in collagen (hydroxyproline).