11 Proven Benefits of Avocado

5. Avocado can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels

Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the world (16). It is known that several blood markers are linked to an increased risk (such as cholesterol, triglycerides, inflammatory markers, and blood pressure, among others).

The effects of avocado on some of these risk factors has been studied in 8 human controlled trials. These are studies where people are split into groups… one group is instructed to eat avocados, while the other is not.

These studies have shown that avocados can (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23):

  • Reduce total cholesterol levels significantly.
  • Reduce blood triglycerides by up to 20%.
  • Lower LDL cholesterol by up to 22%.
  • Increase HDL (the “good”) cholesterol by up to 11%.

6. Avocados might make you healthier

In a study conducted by NHANES in the United States among 17, 567 participants, experts found out that those people who consume avocados tend to be much healthier than those who didn’t eat avocadoes. Those who eat avocados has a much higher nutrient intake and were half as likely to have metabolic syndrome – a cluster of symptoms that are a major risk for heart disease and diabetes (25).

People who ate avocados regularly also weighed less, had a lower BMI and significantly less belly fat. They also had more HDL (the “good”) cholesterol.

However, remember that this does not readily mean that if you constantly eat avocados, you will be healthier. There is a correlation between avocado diet and better health but it does not necessarily mean that it is the avocado alone that’s making the work.

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