The health benefits and nutrition of avocado are well-documented. Avocados are an esteemed member on the list of super foods. They are packed with vitamins and minerals, and a terrific source of the healthiest type of fat called mono-nucleic acid. What most folks don’t know, however, is that a potent avocado extract is also available as a nutritional supplement.
What is avocado extract?
Avocado extract is simply a reduced version of the fruit itself, or of the avocado seed. It comes in several forms such as liquid, powder, pills, and capsules. Similar to vitamin pill, but concentrated with the nutrients of avocado.
Most avocado extract purchased today is of the avocado seed and not of the fruit itself. Most people prefer to eat a delicious avocado rather than get its nutrients from a supplement. Obviously, it is always better to get nutrition directly from whole foods. So extract of the avocado flesh is only a minor player on the market today. It is available as avocado liquid extract, for those of you who don’t have fresh avocados available near you or who simply don’t like the taste of avocado. I personally can’t relate to that sentiment, as avocado is my favorite fruit, but to each his own.
So most avocado extract sold today is of the avocado seed and not the fruit. It might surprise you that avocado seed is edible and, in fact, somewhat of a cult nutritional supplement among some bodybuilders and athletes. I have written a very popular webpage detailing avocado seed nutrition and how to prepare and eat it.
Nutritional benefits of avocado extract
Perhaps the healthiest nutritional aspect of the avocado seed is its dense and high-quality soluble fiber. Soluble fiber acts like a sponge in the intestines, soaking up so-called bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Avocado seed also has generous amounts of vitamin C, E, and phosphorus.
Unlike the flesh, avocado seed cannot be eaten raw. It first must be prepared/cooked in order to make it edible, and this process is quite arduous and time-consuming. Many people find it more convenient to purchase already-prepared avocado extract powder rather than make themselves at home.
Avocado seed is also high in tannin, known for its high content in wine, which gives it a bitter taste. His bitter taste is also why avocado seed extract is popular. You can taste the bitterness when swallowing a pill.
What types or forms of avocado extract are available?
For avocado seed extract, powder and capsules are the most popular. The powder should be mixed in with other foods or beverages for consumption. For example, the most popular way of consuming avocado seed powder is in a fruit smoothie or protein shake. The fruit and other flavorings mask the bitter taste of the powder. It can also be mixed in your morning coffee or tea, as well.
Avocado seed extract taken by capsule should be eaten with food and drink as well. If taken on an empty stomach, the high fiber content can upset the stomach. Avocado extract of the fruit comes in oil or liquid form. I have links to all three types of avocado extract the end of this article.
Avocado extract benefits to healthy hair and skin
The nutrition of the avocado is also known to promote healthy hair and skin. The high oleic acid content improves the elasticity and firmness of skin. Avocado oil may be rubbed directly onto the skin and hair to give it a softer feel and more luscious appearance. I do this myself occasionally and it really does work, on both hair and skin.
In the same way, taking avocado extract supplements promotes hair and skin rejuvenation. Supplements work from inside the body out, whereas applying avocado oil directly works from the outside in, and gives faster and more dramatic results.
Avocado extract for weight loss
Because of the high fiber content, avocado extracts fill the stomach and reduce feelings of hunger. Foods high in fiber are known to promote a feeling of satiety, as the digestive system cannot break down soluble fiber. It stays in the body until it is passed. This keeps you feeling full longer and has the added benefit of regulating blood sugar levels.
The high healthy fat content in avocado also helps keep you satiated. Fats pack a high caloric punch. Fats have more calories per gram than carbohydrates and proteins. So a small serving of avocado or an avocado extract can keep the hunger pangs away longer. Including them in your diet plan can help you put a dent in your waist size, and keep you healthy and feeling good, too.
Please let me know in the comments your experiences with avocado extract. Which ones work best for you and what advice can you give to me or my readers? Thank you.