Its been a bit of an avocado love affair this week, in fact, over on Instagram, I decided it was #avocadoappreciationweek and who doesn’t love an avocado??!! Not only do they taste great but they also packed a punch on the anti inflammatory properties too, a food and lifestyle change I am embracing in an effort to treat my fibromyalgia naturally.
The anti inflammatory properties of avocados are believed to be so strong that they actually offset perhaps not so healthy food choices (but don’t let that be an excuse to eat too many treats!). Avocados are rich in monounsaturated omega 9 fat, good fat in moderation, and this fat is high in anti inflammatory properties. They are also chock full of phytosterols, a nutrient often taken in supplement form by those suffering from inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, but I think I would much rather eat an avocado than take a tablet. They also contain plenty of omega 3 fats which are proven to reduce skin inflammation. These anti inflammatory properties, along with many anti inflammatory foods, are incredibly useful in treating my fibromyalgia, particularly the pain and bowel symptoms.
However, avocados are not just great for reducing inflammation in the body, they are also great for delivering these amazing health benefits too –
- Lowering cholesterol
- Improving heart health
- Aids digestion
- Regulating blood sugar (which makes them great for breakfast)
- Regulating blood pressure
- Reduces risk of vision loss due to cataracts
- Improved immune system
- Anti cancer activity
- Improved complexion
I could go on (but I won’t)…..
Okay, so hopefully I’ve convinced you to want to eat more of these beautifully smooth, creamy, buttery fruits, but apart from guacamole to dip your Friday night nachos into, what else are you going to do with them? Well, I’ll tell you! Here are just a few ideas to get you creative avocado juices flowing.