Within the past decade, you’ve likely been bombarded with the influx of articles and research that sing praises to the world’s greatest “superfoods”—a word that was added to the dictionary in the early 2000s to describe foods rich in extremely beneficial compounds including antioxidants and fibers. We’ve reintroduced, amongst them, a strange pear-shaped fruit called the avocado, and—more recently—the bright emerald elixir of avocado oil.
“Reintroduced”, because we’ve been teaching each other about the plethora of benefits sourced from this food—something that many prior generations and ancient civilizations were well aware of. The fruit has an impressive history of cultivation and usage, with the first traces dating back to 10,000 BC in Mexico.[i] Rich in healthy fats, minerals, and vitamins, avocado oil can be enjoyed in a variety of ways for a variety of purposes, all of them culminating in an improvement of your body’s overall wellbeing. Here are just a handful of organs that will express their gratitude, in their own ways, as you take care of them; if you’re good to your body, your body will be good to you.
Studies prove that avocado oil reduces the levels of bad cholesterol, especially in obese or overweight individuals, thereby mitigating the risk for cardiovascular diseases and ailments.[ii] Rich in nutrients and chock-full of heart-healthy monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids, avocado oil also aids in the mitigation of total cholesterol levels, LDL, and triglycerides. Thanks to its high concentration of beta-sitosterol (which helps our bodies convert unhealthy fats) and anti-inflammatory properties, avocado oil improves arterial walls, improves circulation, and decreases the risk of plaque deposits and ensuing heart disease.
Seeing how wonderful it is for the heart, it should come as no surprise that avocado oil is also greatly beneficial for…
As for literally ingesting avocado oil, the findings to support this oil’s culinary benefits are equally excellent. Poor digestion is often the catalyst for abnormal levels of gas and bloating, frequent heartburn, and regular fatigue; avocado oil’s spectacular fusion of mineral, monounsaturated fats, and vitamins can do wonders for smoothing out the digestion process. Incorporating avocado oil in your diet may also surprise you with your ensuing improved levels of energy and mood. Due to its high levels of oleic acid, avocado oil has a much longer shelf life than the majority of oils. Due to its stability, it has a high smoking point, meaning that you can safely use it for stir-frying and sautéing without losing its healthiest components.
It’ll also help you whittle…
Combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise routine, you can include avocado oil as an important component to create a surefire strategy for weight-loss. A powerhouse of nutrients and healthy fats, avocado oil literally fills you up—fueling you with energy while simultaneously curbing your appetite. By also improving the digestion process and revving up your body as aforementioned, avocado oil enables you to absorb even more energy from whatever else you eat. Best of all, it’s so easy and delicious to include in any type of meal or snack! Here are just a handful of ways to drizzle some avocado oil throughout your day:
- Add 1-2 tbsp. to your morning smoothie.
- Use some oil to marinate your lunch of grilled meat or roasted vegetables.
- Use it in homemade mayo and hummus.
- Substitute it as your baking oil of choice.
- Drizzle some oil over your soup.
- Whip up a vinaigrette for your dinner salad. (We discovered a mouthwatering and super simple lemon garlic avocado oil vinaigrette right here.)
Alternatively, why not drizzle some over…
Sick of psoriasis? Seeking to heal from other skin inflammations? Wishing there was a quicker solution than literally licking your wounds? The answer resides in the little bottle of precious avocado oil you hold in your hands. Avocado oil may form a base for medicinal salves or creams that aren’t associated with the typical significant risks of undesirable side effects. A study that centered around thirteen people—each of them plagued with chronic plaque psoriasis—who underwent a 12-week therapy of a vitamin-rich cream infused with avocado oil; the study concluded that the cream indeed succeeded as a “well-tolerated, long-term topical therapy of psoriasis.”[iii]
Of course, you needn’t have wounds or skin issues to reap the benefits of avocado oil; its antioxidant compounds are fierce fighters against the cellular damage caused by free radicals; a lab rat study recently demonstrated how avocado oil is capable of entering cell mitochondria and neutralize free radicals in the cell organ.[iv] Avocado oil’s particular superpower is again primarily thanks to its characteristic omega-9 fatty acid (or “oleic acid)—the same type of fat that popularized olive oil a few years ago—which is known for lowering the risk for cancer, preventing autoimmune disease flare-ups, and repelling microbial infections.[v]
You’ll certainly see this difference with…
Lutein is an antioxidant carotenoid that’s naturally found within our eyes, yet which isn’t otherwise produced by our bodies; it’s essential for reducing the risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye-related problems. To maintain and regulate eye health, experts recommend obtaining lutein from our diet. Avocado oil—which in and of itself is a stellar source of lutein—further improves our intake of the carotenoid because it functions as a carrier oil, enabling us to absorb drastically greater levels of the carotenoids also found in spinach, romaine lettuce, and carrots.[vi] It’s also ranked among the top five foods that reign as the richest source of Vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin that is known for improving eye health.
- Avocado essential oil facial mask: Mix the paste of 1 avocado + 1 tbsp. avocado oil; wash face, apply mask of avocado all over face (avoid noise, eyes, and mouth), and let sit for 10-15 minutes; soak a clean towel in hot water and squeeze it dry, then swipe the facial mask gently from your face; rinse your face with cool water to remove remaining mixture.[vii]
You can safely use it as an eye makeup remover, too: drizzle a couple drops onto a cotton ball or Q-tip and swipe it across the eyes. If a bit of oil remains on your skin, no need to wash it away; it’ll further hydrate and moisturize the skin around your eyes, even helping to soften crow’s feet.
Every inch of your skin can benefit from a caress of avocado oil, including that on…
Your Scalp (and Hair).
Unsurprisingly, the same nutrients in avocado oil that make it so optimal for nourishing your skin are the very same components that do a remarkable job at moisturizing your hair and keeping it healthy and lush. Its high concentration of anti-inflammatory oleic acid makes this oil an excellent solution for soothing a dry or itchy scalp (eliminating and deterring dandruff) and improving the overall texture.
All you’ll have to worry about anymore in that department is an envious stare or two directed towards your hair as you walk down the street. Sharing your secret is optional.
The Essence of Balance…
Today, it’s becoming a rule of thumb that while an apple a day may keep the doctor away, an avocado a week will keep hormones in balance, improve blood circulation, and do wonders for both your skin and waistline. The magic is secreted in the fruit’s oil, which actually makes up about 77% of its overall caloric consumption.[viii] While essential oils can genuinely be characterized as natural alternatives that are beneficial for our physical and mental health in practically hundreds of ways, they are some of the most pure and unfiltered sources of compounds; even in tiny doses, they can be extremely potent. While essential oils are generally considered a safe alternative medicine with minimal adverse effects, it is important to remember that overdosing on anything never bodes well. As with any sort of medicine, excessive consumption can ensue in sensitization and other side effects. Consult with an expert before usage.