Avocados yield a long list of superfood benefits, like being super nutrient-dense and packed with magnesium, potassium, folate, and Vitamins B6, K, E, and C. Additionally, avocados are a “healthy” fat source, made of mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, linked to boosting heart health. Plus, they’ve got a deliciously creamy texture that makes them a big hit in dishes like guacamole, the ever-popular Mexican side-dish.
But you don’t necessarily need to eat an avocado to take advantage of all the benefits that come with the fruit. Avocado oil, which is pressed from the fruit and not the seed, also offers a long list of proven health benefits. In fact, scientific research has proven that avocado oil can, for example, significantly reduce the effects of arthritis. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest health benefits of avocado oil here, all of which make it well-worth switching over if you haven’t already.
It boosts heart health.
When it comes to the the benefits of avocados, one of the biggest payoffs of the green fruit comes down to cardiovascular health. Avocados contain monounsaturated fats, which improve heart and vascular health. These “healthy fats” are linked to lowering blood pressure, triglyceride levels, and cholesterol.
It improves oral health.
Tracey Roizman, D.C., a speaker on natural health care, says avocado oil can potentially kill oral bacteria and decrease risk for gum disease, according to an article on Jillian Michaels’ blog. Studies have also found that avocado oil works to prevent gum disease by reducing inflammation and tissue damage.
It promotes healthy skin and eyes.
Because it’s a super vitamin-rich oil, avocado oil makes for a great addition to skincare products and regimens. Even on the most sensitive skin, avocado oil can work wonders, be it in moisturizing dry skin or saving dry cuticles. They’re also a good source of lutein, which promotes healthy eyes, more specifically by decreasing the risk of cataracts and degeneration.
It fights disease-causing free radicals.
Avocados are high in antioxidants, which are linked to reversing the effects of damaging free radicals in the body. This means that avocado oil can neutralize certain free radicals that might otherwise lead to diabetes or heart disease, according to an article in Authority Nutrition.
It reduces the effects of arthritis.
Studies have shown that avocado oil can potentially reduce the effects of arthritis and inflammation in joints. In fact, the extract of avocado oil, in addition to soybean oil, has received prescription drug status in France for its ability to treat arthritis symptoms. These extracts work together to promote the growth and repair of cartilage in knees and hips.