A healthy diet is the best way to prevent or treat metabolic syndrome. Now, researchers at the University of Mashhad in Iran medical, sciences have found, based on the review of different studies, that avocado is a fruit that can bring many benefits in preventing and controlling this disease which, according to the American Heart Association, affects about 23% of adults in the United States.
People with overweight or obesity who ate avocados every day for six weeks experienced significant reductions in body weight and fat.
It Persea it Americana, or better known as avocado, avocado is a fruit native to Mexico, Central America and South America, which has a very effective properties to control and prevent metabolic syndrome risk factors.
A study carried out in 2014, for example, showed that eating half avocado a day helped to lose weight, and more recent research has also associated his regular consumption with reduced levels of LDL (i.e. bad) cholesterol.
The benefits of this fruit related to the bioactive components that present, and which are carotenoids, fatty acids, minerals such as iron, calcium,
What is metabolic syndrome?
A person has metabolic syndrome when it undergoes various physical conditions that make you more likely to suffer from diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or stroke.
Among the physical conditions that cause an increased risk for these diseases and, therefore, making the person to develop metabolic syndrome, is having abdominal obesity, low levels of cholesterol HDL or good cholesterol, have high triglycerides, high blood pressure and sugar levels in blood on an empty stomach.
Only with the present three of these aforementioned factors considered are suffering from metabolic syndrome.
How about the avocado metabolic syndrome
The Iranian researchers analyzed was, precisely, how these components could help combat the risk factors of the metabolic syndrome. To do this, they conducted a review of several studies made previously, both in vivo and in vitro, and clinical. Its conclusions, which have been published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, confirm that the avocado is the fruit resulting in a greater impact on levels of lipids, i.e., total cholesterol and triglycerides.
And to justify it put as an example a study that was carried out at 67 adults, of which 30 had a healthy lipid profile, and the other 37 not because they had mild hypercholesterolemia. All of them followed a diet enriched with avocado for a week, and both groups showed significant reductions in the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.
Also, review that made this group of researchers also revealed that avocados can help lose weight. The study which supports these specialists shows that people with overweight or obesity who ate avocados every day for six weeks experienced significant reductions in body weight and fat.
The specialists who carried out the review observed, moreover, that different studies showed that the consumption of avocado was related to the decrease of blood pressure in patients with hypertension. An aspect which, as explained by Hossein Hosseinzadeh, principal investigator of the review, evidence that this fruit could also help decrease atherosclerosis or narrowing of the arteries.
All parts of the avocado are beneficial
This group of researchers has also concluded that not only is the avocado inside which benefits to our health, but Peel, seed, and leaves of this fruit can be of great help. This is based on a study published in 2014, in which it was demonstrated that daily consumption of oil extracted from leaves of avocado also caused a decrease in total cholesterol and blood pressure.
Despite the well-observed results that demonstrate that the avocado or palta can be used as a good dietary supplement to treat metabolic syndrome, Hossein Hosseinzadeh specialist recognizes that there are still more studies to learn more about where you can get the benefits of this fruit.