Avocados are another very popular and healthy fruit. While some feel that it does not taste like much on it’s own, it is used in many dishes, or eaten with milk and sugar. Personally I enjoy a good avocado fresh and raw!
It is considered a health food for many reasons. Primary among this is that Avocado is a good, plant based source of Amino Acids and Fats. It is also packed with a great balance of vitamins and antioxidants as well. Take a look at the profile below:
Effects On Immunity
Avocado has a very balanced nutritional profile. Vitamin A, C and K are included in decent amounts. These enhance, mocous and respiratory system, skin and adaptive immunity, immunoregulation and coagulation, respectively.
It also provides a rich supply of essential amino acids. Our body needs these to build proteins. In turn, our body needs proteins to produce all cells, including those of the Immune system.
Avocados are rich in antioxidants, meaning it helps to fight off oxidative stress. Among this is a rich supply of Glutathione. Known as the mother of antioxidants, it is highly effective at removing free radicals from the body, leading it to be known for anti-cancer, anti-inflammation and antiviral properties. Per 100g of Avocado you get between 25-30mg of Glutathione, the highest amount of commonly eaten fruits. 1 It also contains carotenoids, a plant pigment that aids in removing free radicals and also in Vitamin E absorption 2
It’s also important to know that Avocado fat has shown the ability to increase your body’s absorption of antioxidants, due to the special nature of it’s fats. efn_note] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15735074/ [/efn_note]
Incredibly, it contains an unusually high amount of Omega 3 fatty acids. Each 100g of Avocado contains about 1200mg (.12g) of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. 3 This fat has been shown to be good for the immune system, heart and psychological health among other benefits.
COVID RESISTANCE: Recent studies done during that pandemic have shown that Glutathione levels are essential in your body’s fight against the virus. COVID infection reduces the Glutathione levels in your body, and the common denominator between everyone who got severe symptoms was depletion of this antioxidant. It is very likely that keeping our body’s level of Glutathione high in the first place can stave off progression of COVID symptoms.
Practices in growing avocadoes tends to vary. Some commercial orchards resort to chemical spray to offset issues that are brought about by their poor agricultural practices. However, in Iloilo it also wasn’t too hard for me to identify several growers who just allowed their avocadoes to grow naturally.
Sometimes, those selling fruit in the market place are very open about the source of their fruit so don’t hesitate to ask. Often I find that those who have a small, not quite so shiny stack of avocadoes say they are organic. The ones who have a big pile of waxy, shiny fruit usually source from conventional orchards.