The Avocado is technically a fruit as it contains a seed. This unusual looking fruit is native to Peru/Central America and is rather unique because half of its weight is made up of its natural oil. This glorious bright green oil is “monounsaturated” which means it is one of the “good” fats and beneficial to our bodies – it has the potential to lower bad cholesterol.
The oil in avocados is especially nourishing for the skin when eaten, as it contains a high percentage of “Oleic Acid” an Omega 9 essential fatty acid and a little of the skin’s own internal moisturiser called “Linoleic Acid” an omega 6 essential fatty acid. These are both skin cell membrane stabilizers – Linoleic acid is one of the main components of strong, healthy skin, and also helps form the protective lipid barrier that locks moisture into the skin. Avocados are also a good source of Potassium, Vitamin B3 (niacin), skin protecting Vitamin E, antioxidant Beta-Carotene and Iron.
Avocados soft greeny-yellow buttery flesh is delicious in salads and Guacomole, also the classic “Prawn & Avocodo” combination is delicious, another nice combination is “Avocado & Beetroot”. You can also buy Avocado Oil in supermarkets as it makes a fabulous salad dressing.
Avocados should be eaten when fully ripe and slightly soft to touch (ripe Avocados have more Beta-Carotene than unripe fruits), try and regularly include some in your diet.
Note: Avocado Oil topically applied has superior moisturising properties. The rich green oil, which is easily absorbed is great for dry or mature skin and works well for those with eczema or psoriasis.