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The surprising health benefits of avocado oil

It’s no secret avocados are fantastic for your health. Eating one avocado per week is said to have multiple health benefits, including reducing arthritis symptoms, improving digestion and maintaining a healthy heart.

And it’s all in the oil! Avocado oil is high in vitamin E, ‘good’ fats and contains more protein than any other fruit. So, boost your health with these five benefits of avocado oil.

Maintain a healthy heart

The ‘good’ fats found in avocado oil are monounsaturated oleic acid (omega-9 fatty acid), which is also found in olive oil (also known to be fantastic for your health). Oleic acid has several health benefits including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing the risk of cancer. Avocado oil is also anti-inflammatory, meaning it can help to prevent damage to arterial walls (the walls of blood vessels), a change that may lower the risk of heart disease. 

Improve digestion

Do you suffer from heart burn, gas or bloating? Try adding a splash of avocado oil to your food daily. Why? The vitamins, minerals and fatty acids found in avocado oil help you to digest food more easily. While this won’t fix the problem immediately, you might be surprised at how much better you’ll begin to feel. 

Strengthen your skin

Avocado oil is a fantastic cooking tool, but have you ever considered using the oil as a body moisturiser? The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents found in avocado oil keeps your skin feeling and looking smooth and supple. The protein, fatty acids and minerals also found in avocado oil moisturise the skin and help protect it from the damage done by UV rays. 

Maintain a healthy weight 

Did you know that avocado oil can actually help you loose weight? The oleic acid found in avocado oil can prevent weight gain, especially when combined with a healthy diet and weekly exercise. As avocado oil is filled with plenty of nutrients, it will also help you feel fuller and satisfied for much longer, reducing those mid-afternoon cravings. 

Reduce arthritis symptoms 

Arthritis is a painful condition that affects over three million Australians, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. To alleviate symptoms, sufferers may want to consider adding avocado oil to their diets. Why? Researchers have conducted several studies on the health benefits of avocado oil, and have found that it can reduce the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis. 

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