Avocado is an unusual-looking fruit: slightly larger than a pear and coloured a darker shade of green. The flesh of the fruit is dense with a creamy texture and pale yellow in hue, that the locals in India started calling it butter fruit. But besides its physical characters, avocados are essentially a superfood.
Avocados have even claimed a spot on the list of top 10 foods that can help you lose weight when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, but the secret of this odd fruit’s success is in the oil.
What is Avocado Oil?
Native to Mexico, avocados are believed to have originated close to 7000 B.C. Besides being used as a staple in food for their signature creaminess, these shockingly green fruits are one of the healthiest foods you can eat and pack quite the nutritional punch, so it comes as no surprise that avocado oil has its own host of benefits to overall health as well.
Rich in healthy fats, key vitamins, and minerals that boost overall health, avocados are really all you need to start a healthy eating pattern. Add a slice of the fruit to your meal, or maybe just a drizzle of avocado oil instead. But that's just not all. Avocadoes, when applied to your skin topically - either the oil or the fruit itself has amazing antioxdant and deep moisturising properties, thus making it one of our favorite botanical ingredients at FREYA.
While the popularity of the fruit has grown in the recent times, not everyone is aware of the benefits of it's oil. Avocado oil, which makes up about 77% of an avocado’s overall caloric composition, is extracted from the flesh of the fruit and is both pure and unrefined, and no external agents like coconut oil are used to extract the oil.
Avocado is not only beneficial for the health of our internal organs but also for the skin.
- Protects skin: The essential vitamins and minerals contained in avocado oil protect your skin from damaging UV rays and also increases collagen
- Acts as a moisturizer: Avocado oil acts a natural skin smoother and can be used to apply to the hands and face.
- Strengthens skin: Boost your skin’s ability to generate more and stronger cells by moisturizing with avocado oil. Avocado oil provides energy for the growth and health of the new skin.
- Reduces inflammation: Due to its high concentration of anti-inflammatory oleic acid, avocado oil can be applied to ease discomfort caused by most skin conditions.
- Reduces psoriasis: The proteins, vitamins, and minerals in avocado oil have been proven to reduce psoriasis symptoms.
- Heals wounds faster: A study conducted proved that the oil contains primary skin-feeding nutrients such as vitamin A, D, E, potassium, and lecithin and can hence cure wounds at a faster rate.
- Calms itchy skin: Avocado oil is known to soothe and add moisture to the skin. It can be used to heal chapped skin and helps to reduce the itchiness of the skin.
Properties of Avocado Oil: About 70% of avocado oil consists of oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid which is known for its health benefits for the heart. Avocado oil also contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 and functions as an antioxidant. It is also rich in carotenoids, vitamins A, D, E, potassium, and lecithin. Avocado oil has anti-carcinogenic, antiparasitic, astringent, regenerative, diuretic, cardiovascular, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-aging properties.
Avocado Health benefits:
Avocado is believed to possess incredible benefits for overall body condition: its unique essential fatty acid composition also nourishes the hair and scalp. It has consistently shown positive effects on heart health and reduces the risk of Coronary Heart Disease by reducing risk factors such as lowering LDL cholesterol, reducing triglyceride levels, and improving insulin sensitivity. Avocado oil has also been proven to be really good for oral health. High in vitamin E and unsaturated fats and containing more protein than any other fruit and more potassium than a banana, avocado oil lowers blood pressure, improves arthritis symptoms, boosts nutrient absorption, and even improves vision.
Of course, who could resist guacamole or avocado margaritas? Even avocado oil is popularly used as a cooking oil due to its non-sticky nature, and it has a high smoke point of 400 deg F, which makes it useful for high-heat cooking. A drizzle of avocado oil over your meal for the day can make your food substantially healthier.
Avocado oil in Ayurveda:
Known as Makhanphal (Butter fruit) in India, avocado is being recently used in Ayurvedic healing as a skin tonic and for reducing bad cholesterol. Avocado oil contains remedial phytosterols like campesterol and is nature’s powerhouse of vitamins that help skin rejuvenate.