Avocados

Avocados are a good source of potassium, fiber, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6.

Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat. One globe contains more than one-third daily value of vitamin C, and more than half the day’s requirements of vitamin K.

Healthy Heart: Low saturated fat. Studies show that oleic acid benefits cardiovascular health. Oleic acid is the primary fatty acid in avocadoes. Avocados are rich in omega-3, providing 160 milligrams per cup of alpha-linolenic acid. Avocado is approximately 80% fat but it is monounsaturated fat.

Vegetarians: Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit. they provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Avocado protein is readily absorbed by the body because avocados contain fiber. If you are a flexi vegetarian trying to cut down on animal sources of protein in your diet, or vegetarian or vegan, avocadoes are a great nutritional ally for vegetarians and vegans.

Brain Function: Avocado is a good source of lecithin and omega 3 EFA’s both essential for proper brain function. 

Gallbladder: Patients who have had their gallbladder removed are usually watching out for foods with high fat content. Avocado is approximately 80% fat but it is monounsaturated fat and avocados in general don’t upset these people.

Avocados can also reduce the signs of aging, regulate blood sugar and improve eye health.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Cooling – means that it has a cooling effect on the body with there are signs of heat

Sweet – means that it is good for digestion. A Sweet taste is the most nourishing of the flavors, and many tonic herbs have a sweet flavor. A craving for sweets indicates a need for nourishment, which should be satisfied with complex carbohydrates and foods rich in nutrients, not in empty confectionary such as refined sugar.

Invigorates, strengthens, Tonify Spleen Blood and Yin.

Signature of Doctrines

Avocadoes target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods.

James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.

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