Support the Liver with Avocado

Continuing Jonathan Benson’s list of Foods that will Naturally Cleanse the Liver:

 

 

Avocados

 

Rich in glutathione-producing compounds, avocados actively promote liver health by protecting it against toxic overload, and boosting its cleansing power. Some research has shown that eating one or two avocados a week for as little as 30 days can repair a damaged liver.

 

 

In addition to supporting the liver, Avocado provides a source of fibre, vitamin K, folic acid, vitamin C, potassium and vitamins B5 and B6. Research has also shown that adding avocado to meals helps the absorption of nutrients known as carotenoids from other foods. 

 

One cup of fresh avocado added to a salad of romaine lettuce, spinach, and carrots increased absorption of carotenoids from this salad between 200-400%. Carotenoids are a good source of antioxidants – those substances that may protect cells against free radical damage, which may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. This research result is not a surprise, because carotenoids are fat-soluble and so the avocado provides the source of fat that they need for absorption . Click here for more information on this.

 

Over half of the total fat in avocado is provided in the form of oleic acid. Oleic acid is also known as Omega 9 fatty acid, and is a mono-unsaturated fatty acid. Olive oil is another well known source of this oil.  As a monounsaturated fatty acid, it has been shown to help lower our risk of heart disease.

 

 

 

 

 

Avocado is a great food for anyone following a protocol to balance gut ecology. Mash it and spread it onto whole wheat soda bread or yeast/sugar-free crackers, or chop into any salad to bring texture, add flavour and increase nutrients.

 

The easiest way to prepare avocado is to wash it thoroughly, and then slice in half, moving the knife around the stone.  A ripe avocado, will be slightly soft to the touch and will ease away from the stone easily. Then cut into quarters and gently peel back the tough skin. Cut into chunks and add to your recipe.