Eating a healthy diet is the best way to prevent or treat metabolic syndrome. Now, researchers from the University of Medical Sciences of Mashhad, Iran, have proven, from the review of different studies, that avocado is a fruit that can provide many benefits when it comes to preventing and controlling metabolic syndrome that, according to The American Heart Association affects about 23% of adults in the United States.
Avocado is a fruit native to Mexico, Central America and South America, which has properties that are very effective in controlling and preventing risk factors for metabolic syndrome. A study conducted in 2014, for example, showed that eating half an avocado a day can help lose weight in adults, and a more recent research has also associated regular consumption of avocado with low levels of LDL (ie, bad) cholesterol. The benefits of this fruit were related to the bioactive components that it presents, mainly carotenoids, fatty acids, minerals such as iron, calcium, and zinc, and vitamins A, B, C, and E.
Overweight or obese people who ate avocado every day for six weeks experienced significant reductions in body weight as well as fat.
What is Metabolic Syndrome?
A person with metabolic syndrome suffers from various physical conditions that make him/her more prone to diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or stroke. Abdominal obesity, low levels of HDL cholesterol or good cholesterol, having high triglyceride levels, hypertension and increased blood sugar level are some of the major causes why people suffer from the Metabolic syndrome.
How Avocado Fights the Metabolic Syndrome?
The Iranian researchers analyzed how the components in this fruit could help combat the risk factors of the metabolic syndrome. To start with, they conducted a review of several studies that were done previously. Their conclusions, which have been published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, confirm that avocado is the fruit that causes the greatest impact on lipid levels. And to justify it, they gave an example of a study that was carried out on 67 adults, of whom 30 had a healthy lipid profile, and the other 37 did not due to mild hypercholesterolemia. All of them followed a diet enriched with avocado for a week, and both groups showed significant reductions in cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Also, the review conducted by this group of researchers revealed that avocado can help you lose weight. The study supported by these specialists shows that overweight or obese people who ate avocado every day for six weeks experienced considerable reductions in body weight as well as fat.
The specialists who carried out the review also observed that different studies showed that the consumption of avocado was related to the decrease in blood pressure in patients with hypertension.
All Parts of Avocado Are Beneficial to Health
This group of researchers has also concluded that it is not only the inside of the avocado that benefits our health but that the peel, the seed and the leaves of this fruit also offer great benefits to human health. A study published in 2014 showed that the daily consumption of oil extracted from avocado leaves can greatly decrease bad cholesterol and help maintain appropriate blood pressure levels.
Despite the good results observed by this study in regards to the role of avocado as a good dietary supplement to treat the metabolic syndrome, the specialist Hossein Hosseinzadeh acknowledges that more studies are still needed to better understand how far the benefits of this fruit can go.