Scientific evidence of immense benefits of avocado is now gathering momentum. The Cancer Research journal has just published a study by Paul Spagnuolo, prof at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, revealing that the fat in avocado can fight acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a rare and deadly form of cancer, by targeting leukemia stem cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. The prognosis for AML patients is devastating because there are few treatment options. For 90 percent of those who are older than 65, the disease is fatal in five years. Spagnuolo hopes a new drug made from avocatin B -- the name of the lipid that has been shown to destroy leukemia stem cells -- may help increase their life expectancy or quality of life.
Avocado is a great source of monounsaturated oleic acid that reduces “bad” cholesterol while raising the “good” cholesterol. Avocados also contain a rich variety of heart nutrients including vitamin E for preventing cholesterol oxidation; folate for reducing dangerous homocysteine levels in the blood; potassium for regulating blood pressure; phytosterols for reducing cholesterol absorption; and dietary fibre to control blood sugar levels.
The monounsaturated fats in avocado also help improve skin tone. They are vital for maintaining good moisture levels in the epidermal layer of your skin, making it look and feel soft and healthy. Omega-9 fats can additionally help reduce skin redness and irritation and are involved in repairing damaged skin cells. Avocado also helps protect skin from wrinkles and other visible signs of aging with its antioxidant carotenoids, vitamin E which helps guard against photo-aging from sun exposure and vitamin C which is involved in the creation of elastin and collagen for maintaining your skin’s elasticity and firmness.
After testing its efficacy, Herbally Radiant launched a new Body Cream with avocado oil. Mixed with other essential oils: grapeseed, jojoba, cocos nucifera, vitamin E and other complementary natural ingredients, this Body Cream has proved to be an amazingly effective moisturizer for whole body that can, at the same time, reduce visible aging signs and protect skin from sun damage.