February 11, 2013 by Mike Lamitola
Nature really does provide much more than just good tasting food. That’s actually a major difference in whole, natural foods versus refined, processed foods. The latter provide us with only one thing – taste. One of the most amazing foods available to us that does promote health AND provides good taste is the Avocado. If you’re looking for relief from Arthritis or other inflammatory conditions then the Avocado has got your name all over it.
Note: EVERYONE suffers from some type of inflammatory condition at any given time. We are not immune to it!
One of these conditions is called Prostaglandin E2 synthesis. This is an inflammatory event that happens with Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and your randomly occurring Fever. One of the reasons you may feel achy during a fever is because when this synthesis occurs your muscle is breaking down and protein loss takes place. Do you know what food prevents this occurrence?? I don’t think I even need to say it.
Here’s some other features of the Avocado:
Antioxidant rich monounsaturated fats – oleic acid – helps lower LDL cholesterol and helps our bodies to absorb all the wonderful fat soluble nutrients including antioxidants and vitamins A, D, E and K
- Potassium – proper fluid balance, nerve, muscle and cardiac function
- Vitamin E – aids in cartilage repair
- Folate and B Vitamins – digestion, energy and cell growth
- Vitamin K – proper blood clotting and protein synthesis
- Vitamin C – antioxidant needed for healthy cells
- High Fiber – regulates blood sugar and will get you to your next meal!
- Phytosterols – make up most of the fats in the avocado, they help to keep inflammation under control and inhibit the absorption of cholesterol
- Lutein – healthy eyes and skin
- Manganese – needed for enzyme structure
- Zinc – cell reproduction, growth and repair
If you’re taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, talk to your doctor about helping the pain with Avocados and other healthy foods. The answer your doctor gives you may also be a very good indication of whether or not you have someone looking out for your best interests.
When to eat them and how:
- Use in salads, smoothies and puddings or just cut one up, season with a tsp of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, pepper and any other spices that you like
- Ready to eat – firm –yielding to gentle pressure