Avocados provide numerous health benefits, as they are naturally rich in nutrients and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C, E, K, and B-6. Avocados are also an excellent source of healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, as well as omega-3s, which are beneficial for cardiovascular health. Avocados are also an excellent source of riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, lutein and beta-carotene, states Medical News Today.
Avocados have a positive effect on a number of health conditions, including osteoporosis, vision health and prevention of diabetes and other chronic diseases. Avocados may help improve digestion and help with natural detoxification. Avocados contain beta-sitosterol, a plant sterol that helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. The high fiber content of avocados helps regulate the immune system and prevent inflammation, as well as supporting a healthy digestive tract and preventing constipation.
The folate in avocados is beneficial in a variety of ways, including protecting against miscarriage and tube defects in pregnant women. Folate also reduces the risk of many types of cancer such as stomach, colon, pancreatic, breast and cervical cancers, as well as reducing the risk of depression by preventing too much homocysteine from forming in the body. Homocysteine blocks blood and other nutrients from traveling to the brain and inhibits the production of hormones, including dopamine, norepinephrine and seratonin, that regulate positive moods, influence healthy sleeping patterns and regulate appetite.