The surprising truth about avocado oil health benefits

Native to Mexico, avocado trees now flourish around the world, from New Zealand to Israel.

Avocados are a densely packed fruit with around 20 minerals and vitamins. With such a vast array of nutrients, it’s not hard to see why people are talking about avocado oil health benefits.

For centuries avocados have been lauded for their health properties, and now modern science is finally confirming what people throughout history have known.

All oils are a mixture of fatty acids – monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated –and it’s the ratio of these acids that determine whether an oil is healthful or harmful.

While high in fats, nearly 70% of avocado oil is oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. Avocados have only a small percentage of trans fats, making them unique in the cooking oil family.

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Lowers cholesterol and improves heart health

Avocados are high in what are known as “healthy fats”, or monounsaturated fats. These not only lower bad cholesterol, but raise the good type of cholesterol. In fact, avocado oil has been proven to have the same affect in lowering cholesterol as olive oil, a much lauded healthier option.

Of course, a lower cholesterol level is beneficial for your heart, but avocados also help in other ways. Studies have shown monounsaturated fats have a positive effect on a number of coronary risk factors, including blood clot formation, in vitro LDL oxidative susceptibility and insulin sensitivity.

Helps fight diabetes

Speaking of insulin, those same monounsaturated fats in avocado oil can help people with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association found that a high monounsaturated fat diet enriched with avocado can help people use insulin more effectively and regulate blood sugar levels.

Blood pressure

Avocados are a great source of potassium, which is essential for several reasons. Potassium regulates your heartbeat, keeps muscles and nerves working, and helps lower blood pressure. Combine that with a healthier heart, and a decrease in blood pressure is practically assured.

Arthritis

Relieves arthritis pain

A study published in the Journal of Rheumatology reported avocados helped with the breakdown of cartilage and promoted repair. It is thought the oils help block the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals, therefore preventing any damage caused to the synovial cells in the joints.

Helps maintain skin and hair

Avocado oil is rich in vitamin E, which is an antioxidant essential for maintaining healthy hair. Vitamin E helps promote circulation to the scalp, and helps fight environmental damage to your hair, retaining moisture to the follicles, making it thicker and shinier.

Avocado oil is also high in lutein, a carotenoid found in vegetables like carrots, spinach, and kale. This is great for your skin, acting as a natural anti-aging nutrient, strengthening the capillary walls, and improving moisture and elasticity.

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Why choose Olivado avocado oil

With scientific studies now proving avocado oil health benefits in a laboratory, it’s important to remember avocado oil is only as good from the avocados it’s made from.

The Olivado brand represents quality. From the trees our avocados are grown on, to the bottles our oil is served in, every step of our procedure is maintained to the highest standards.

Our factory, and the farmers who supply the avocados, are certified organic and fair trade, meaning everyone gets their fair share. We buy our avocados directly from small bio-diverse farms, paying a premium set price, thus bypassing brokers and guaranteeing the farmers a regular income.

Our avocados are of the highest quality, both rich in nutrients and taste. If you would like to know more about our story, please click here, or if you would like to see our range of oils, check out our products page here.