Avocado Seed: Unsafe to Eat or the New Super-Seed?
Dr Axe | April, 2018
Potential Avocado Seed Benefits
1. Show Promising Antitumor Activity
According to the Leung’s Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients, the avocado seed contains biscatechin, a condensed flavanol. One study isolated biscatechin from avocado seeds and tested in mice and rats. The biscatechin was shown in vitro to have antimicrobial activity and antitumor effects on the animals. (4)
Another study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine noted catechin as a flavanol that offers various health benefits, such as neuroprotection, antioxidation, antitumor and antihepatitis characteristics. The falvanol shows that is is capable of suppresses inflammation in possible cancerous cells. (5)
2. Great Antioxidant Source
Did you know that the avocado seed is a great antioxidant? According to a study performed at the National University of Singapore, the avocado seed offers more antioxidant activity than some more commonly eaten fruit parts. In fact, the study shares that the seeds may actually contain more than 70 percent of the antioxidants found in the entire fruit. That makes the avocado seed a powerful antioxidant resource. (6)
3. May Help Patients with Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain and is considered one of the most neurodegenerative diseases on the planet. Many studies have been conducted to review the phytochemical contents of the avocado seed.
An evaluation published in the Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology showed the evidence of saponins, alkaloids and terpenoids in the extracts of the avocado seed. According to the researchers, these phytochemicals may offer a natural approach to helping manage the affects of Alzheimer’s disease, concluding “The anti-cholinesterase and antioxidant activities of avocado leaf and seed could be linked to their phytoconstituents and might be the possible mechanisms underlying their use as a cheap and natural treatment/management of AD. However, these extracts should be further investigated in vivo.” (7)
4. Can Help Balance Cholesterol Levels
The avocado seed is one of the top high-fiber foods on the planet, and we know fiber can help balance cholesterol levels. That may be why research shows avocado seeds can lower cholesterol.