An avocado a day can keep metabolic syndrome at bay
Washington D.C. [USA], April 11 : After slicing into an avocado, you may want to rethink before tossing away its peel and the solid seed as a recent study has found that the fruit and its parts may help in combating metabolic syndrome.
According to studies reported in the literature, avocados have the most beneficial effects on lipid profiles, with changes to LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, total cholesterol and phospholipids.
The peel, seed, flesh and leaves of avocados have differing effects on components of metabolic syndrome.
"Avocado is a well-known source of carotenoids, minerals, phenolics, vitamins, and fatty acids," wrote the authors of the Phytotherapy Research review.
"The lipid- lowering, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects of avocado have been demonstrated in several studies," they explained.