IO – Not only good to be consumed as a mixture of fruit juice, Avocado also has a natural nourishment for health and beauty. Vitamins and avocado minerals are beneficial to smooth the skin and makes it more elastic. Here are the details.
Avocado is a special fruit because it contains 20-30 times more fat than others. As written in the Farmasihigea journal, the avocado fat content can provide enough energy when consumed. The type of fat found in avocado is a single unsaturated fat. It’s a single oleic acid, a strong antioxidant which is easily digested and useful for the body.
Avocados also provide enormous energy. Avocados contain 11 vitamins and 14 beneficial minerals, rich protein, riboflavin (Vitamin B2), niacin (Vitamin B3), potassium, and Vitamin C. Avocado also contains Vitamin E of 3.4 mg per 100 gr. All avocado content is easily absorbed by the body.
Potassium is an important mineral element that can rejuvenate the skin and helps to keep it healthy. Other minerals in the avocado are zinc, sodium, magnesium, copper, iron, and calcium. Vitamin E content in avocado is a useful vitamin for the skin, which can smooth and moisturize the appearance.
Vitamin E inside the avocado is a fatty acid and avocado oil which is a source of collagen. Fatty acids can cleanse the skin from the inside and make it shine. While avocado oil is able to moisturize the skin, especially the ageing ones. Avocado oil also serves to provide nutrients for skin layers that work to stimulate the growth of new skin cells, as well as promoting blood circulation. Collagen in it can maintain skin elasticity, repair skin damage and reduce wrinkles.
Vitamin A is abundant in avocado that is useful for lifting dead skin cells on the face. Vitamin A content can regulate sebum production and increase skin moisture. The combination of Vitamin E and A is very useful for skin care in the form of a serum that gives the effect of elastic and soft facial skin, eradicates wrinkles, and makes the skin look younger, fresher, and shinier. While Vitamin B content can make the skin feel soft and elastic.
Avocados also contain glutathione (GSH), which is the mother of all kinds of antioxidants. Body cells are in dire need of this antioxidant. Glutathione acts as anti aging by increasing the amount of body collagen, especially on the skin so as to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and other body parts.
In order to get elastic facial skin, it’s best to consume avocado that has dark green skin or brownish purple. This avocado has a soft flesh and light green colour. Preferably avocado consumption is in fresh condition without being processed first. During the process of chewing, the avocado flesh will mix with saliva enzymes. What to look out for is, the avocado should be consumed before the main food and can be consumed on a daily basis, once per day.
Store avocado residues in the fridge with seeds still attached. In order to keep the fruit intact tanned, it’s best to apply a lemon on the split part of the flesh. The split avocado can last 2-3 days in the fridge (inside the box or plastic) so as not to dry because of dehydration.
In addition to being consumed, avocados can also be used as facial masks. Split and mash an avocado by half or a quarter of it into a creamy paste. Then mix with 1 tbsp of honey. Honey is a humectant, good to maintain skin moisture. Honey also contains antioxidant flavonoids that can prevent premature ageing and anti-tyrosinase that can prevent the appearance of black spots on the skin.
Mix the avocado masks with honey, applied on the face and neck evenly. Furthermore, put down the mask for 15-30 minutes, then rinse using warm water so that the pores are open and all the dirt is washed. Afterwards, rinse back with cold water so that the pores are shrunk and closed. Avocado and honey masks can be used regularly 1-2 times a week.
In addition to refining the skin and overcoming the wrinkles, avocados can also be used to overcome dry and broken lips problems.
Avocados are also useful for health because they contain high protein and vegetable fats. Unsaturated fatty substances that are easily digested in the avocado are also useful for lowering bad cholesterol (LDL). Avocados can also accelerate nutrient absorption, maintain eye health because it contains lutein as part of carotenoids, inhibits cancer cells, lowers hypertension, reduces muscle pain, and maintains the stability of electrolyte and alkaline fluid.
Tips for Proper Avocado Consumption
Avocado is a fruit that cannot ripen in the tree so, after being picked it should be stored until it comes of age. The bright green colour indicates the avocado is underripe. Avocado flesh often found blackened because the fruit is overripe. In order for the avocado to ripen evenly, it’s best to be stored or fermented in a dark place for three to four days. Before being stored, the stem ends of avocado should be cut first, then covered with tissue paper and tape. After three or four days, avocados will evenly ripen and be ready for consumption.
To find out whether it’s ripe avocado or not, try to softly squeeze the skin. If it feels soft, you are already holding the good one. It’s advisable to avoid avocado with irregular dark sunken spots or cracked surfaces as it indicates decaying process.