Avocados are one of my favorite foods. I also love using them in homemade dips, sandwiches and even shakes and smoothies.
They can be a great addition to your diet, given their many health benefits!
Like olive oil, avocados are a great source of heart healthy monounsaturated oils. These beneficial oils help to lower your total cholesterol level while creating a healthier balance. They lower LDL, or bad, cholesterol while raising your HDL, or good cholesterol.
They are also high in potassium and low in salt which helps to lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart attacks and strokes. Their folate and alpha-linolenic acid content also helps to reduce your risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the main cause of death and illness in women once their reach midlife.
Monounsaturated oils are also beneficial for your skin and help to keep your skin moist, soft and beautiful! Their oils and biotin content also help to prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails.
Another great benefit of avocados for women is their high content of carotenoids, especially beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein. These are great nutrients for your female health. They help to reduce heavy menstruation, prevent ovarian cysts and promote healthy progesterone production to help keep your hormones in balance.
Lutein also supports healthy vision by preventing cataracts and loss of vision from cataracts as well as macular degeneration. Further benefits include protection from heart disease and cancer.
Avocados also contain vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin C. Besides being a rich source of potassium, it also contain other essential minerals including magnesium, copper, zinc and manganese as well as fiber.
I want to share with you one of my favorite simple salad recipes that takes only a few minutes to prepare! Love, Dr. Susan
Avocado and Tomato Salad
1 head butter lettuce, coarsely chopped
1 tomato, sliced
1 ripe avocado, sliced
1/4 cup red onion, sliced very thinly
In a large bowl, combine butter lettuce, tomato and red onion. Add your favorite vinaigrette dressing and toss to mix well. Top with sliced avocado.