Saturday, June 4, 2011

Benefits of Avocado

“99 ABC’s of Wellness” Article Credit: The original article 99 ABC’s of Wellness is by Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit, which has appeared on the Philippine Star on January 12, 1999.

Principle #6: Avocado

"Avocados are rich in glutathione, a very powerful antioxidant that attacks the free radicals in the body, thus helping to prevent cancer." (excerpt from the original article)

Avocados have 60 percent more potassium than bananas. They are rich in Vitamin B, E and K. It is essential to the immune system. It is not a sweet fruit, in fact it does not appeal to the taste as it is. It is usually served raw as a salad with milk, cream, and sugar. It is also good for shakes.

Indonesian Avocado Shake
Recently, the Department of Health in the Philippines has warned about the possible ill effects of injectable glutathione especially that many women use it for skin whitening. While glutathione is an antioxidant, which is good for the immune system, it is not particularly intended for skin whitening. The health department considers it as misuse. They say that with high doses, it can harm the liver and kidneys in the end.

I think, since avocados are rich with glutathione, it would be best to indulge with the fruit rather than take the risk of the injectable form. Enjoy benefits of avocado for the skin and body.

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