The Beauty of Avocados
This creamy, green fruit is abundant in essential oils and B-complex vitamins that nourish your skin, inside and out. Niacin (Vitamin B3) is especially important for healthy skin, and avocados contain lots of it. An anti-inflammatory, it soothes irritated and red, blotchy skin. One Avocado has 3.8 mg niacin – 27% of your daily needs.
If you were to make your own facial cream – a cleansing, rejuvenating emollient with all of the best ingredients – its composition would likely resemble that of an Avocado. The Avocado’s high fat content is part of what makes it the perfect face food and the whole food used the most often in facial masks. An avocado mask will instantly solve many dry skin problems. While it cleans out the pores of impurities, fatty acids nutrify your skin. Fats known as phytosterols provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Vitamin E, an antioxidant, neutralizes free radicals helping to protect collagen and prevent dryness and fine lines.
The ingredients for your ideal face cream might look like the nutrients of the avocado (Source: California Avocado Commission (1/5 Medium – 30 g/1 oz.):
The Avocados high fat content is equally beneficial when ingested. To energize your day, add half an Avocado to a blender with nut milk and frozen berries to make a creamy, nutty-flavored morning smoothie. Avocado is low in saturated fatty acids associated with the ‘bad’ cholesterol LDL and higher in monosaturated fats. When added to a salad, the fat in the avocado helps to boost the overall absorption of fat-soluble carotenoids in a salad. The avocado is a good source of the essential Omega-3s fatty acids, which support cognitive functioning and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases (heart disease, cancer, arthritis).