Avocados are creamy, buttery fruits grown in warm climates and often enjoyed in Mexican and South American cuisines. Also known as an alligator pear or butter fruit, the versatile avocado is the only fruit that contains monosaturated fat – the good fat! Avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food and provide a substantial amount of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients with relatively few calories. One-fifth of a medium avocado (1 oz) has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.
A single 3.5 oz (100 gm) serving of an avocado: 26% Vitamin K, 20% Folate, 17% Vitamin C, 14% Potassium, 14% vitamin B5, 13% Vitamin B6, 10% Vitamin E of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). It also contains – Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).
Avocados have amazing health benefits. Here is how this superfood boosts your brain, lowers your risk of serious diseases, improves your skin and much more!
Boosts Your Brainpower
Avocados have the right mix of nutrients that your brain requires. Daily consumption of half an avocado can help counter natural depletion of brain function that occurs with age or poor lifestyle and diet choices. It contains rich amounts of unsaturated fatty acids, that are essential for neurotransmitters to function at an optimal level. Avocados also have powerful antioxidants like lutein, folate and vitamins C and E, that help prevent oxidative stress of brain cells. They are rich in magnesium which can help improve synaptic plasticity, memory, and learning.