Avocado – Tasty Recipe Medicinal Uses and Myths

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The avocado was found throughout Mezzo America being used as both a source of strength and an aphrodisiac.  

The alligator pear or avocado is a delicious addition to salads and egg dishes.  Its creamy texture is used in making raw food ice creams and dips and it is the major ingredient in guacamole.

Although the avocado is high in calories it should be included in a healthy diet.  Mixed with other vegetables and fruits it assists in the absorption of their nutrients.

All in all the avocado is a rather understated super food!

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Avocado in Mythology and History

The Aztecs used avocados as a sexual stimulant and according to Wikipedia “The word “avocado” comes from the Spanish aguacate , which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word ahuácatl (testicle, a reference to the shape of the fruit).  Avocados were known by the Aztecs as ‘the fertility fruit’”

The Maya believed that important ancestors were reborn as fruit trees as well as the avocado tree.  Although it is now the site of a complex society in Belize, Pusilha (a classic Mayan city) was known as “The Kingdom of the Avocado” because it’s symbol was the glyph for Avocado.  Its rulers became “Lords of the Avocado”.  

Avocado Medicine

The avocado is a source of Potassium and vitamin D.  It lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol, increases sexual desire and activates menstrual flow.

The avocado is useful in osteoarthritis more for the hips than the knees.  There is some but limited evidence for its effectiveness in

  • lowering cholesterol
  • gum disease 
  • wound healing
  • hair growth
  • sclerosis
  • diarrhea
  • toothache

**** Note –  if you are taking Warfarin avocado has a mild interaction and may reduce its effectiveness 

Avocados contain the highest amount of the carotenoid lutein of all commonly eaten fruits. In addition, they contain related carotenoids, including zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene, as well as significant amounts of vitamin E. A very recent study showed that an extract of avocado containing these carotenoids and tocopherols inhibited the growth of prostate cancer cells. For more information see the SuperfoodsRx website here. 

Osteoarthritis

The avocado is beneficial in the treatment of osteoarthritis.  It benefits the hips in this condition more so than the knees.

Avocado soybean unsaponifiables are being proven to have a beneficial effect on osteoarthritis.  Studies have shown that the use of avocado soybean unsaponifiables reduces the need for non-steroidal anti- inflammatory medications and stimulates cartilage repair.

(Unsaponifiables refers to a mixture of oils from avocados and soybeans)

Cancer

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients in avocados are important in the fight against cancer.  This is because the risk factors for cancer generally include oxidative stress and excess inflammation.

In cancer cells avocado causes oxidative stress causing the cancer cells to shift to a cell death cycle while in normal cells avocado reduces oxidative stress.

As always finding the relationship between food and medicine is fascinating.  Our diet is extremely important for our health.

THIS BLOG IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE THE ADVICE OF YOUR DOCTOR.

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Recipes

Avocado Bacon Omelette

3 eggs

1 – 2 Tbsp milk (almond milk)

1 tsp mustard

3 strips crisp bacon crumbled

½ Avocado cubed or sliced

Salt and Pepper to taste

Whip eggs, milk,mustard and salt and pepper together in a bowl.  Pour the egg mixture into a lightly greased non-stick fry pan or your favourite omelette pan.  Swirl to make sure that the egg mixture covers the bottom of the pan.  Allow to cook on medium heat until the top begins to dry.  Sprinkle with bacon and avocado and fold in half.  Allow to cook for another minute then slide from pan onto a plate and enjoy.

Alternately you can hold the avocado and top the omelette with the slices.  Add fresh Salsa of any type to kick the recipe up!