The flesh of an avocado (Persea americana) is already amazing. It is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, containing 20 different vitamins and minerals that can help prevent obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, and depression, but did you know that the seed of the avocado makes the flesh of this stone fruit pale in comparison? 70 percent of the antioxidants, amino acids, and other healing plant compounds are in the seed!
After reading further, and learning how to consume the seeds of avocados which contain one of the highest sources of bioactive compounds imaginable, you’ll never want to throw them out again.
Here are just a few things the seeds of avocados can do for you:
- They’ve been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years for ailments such as monorrhagia, hypertension, stomach ache, bronchitis, diarrhea, and diabetes.
- The Mayans used the leaves, fruit, bark, seed and peel for different health promoting actions.
- The seed alone contains high levels of Vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids that prevent against neurodegenerative disease, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, cataracts, and rampant free radical damage.
- The active plant compounds found in the seed include: Peptone, b-galactoside, glycosylated abscisic acid, alkaloids, cellulose, polygalacto urease, polyuronoids, cytochrome P-450, phenolic compounds, and volatile oils all contribute to the prevention of cellular aging.
- In a study published in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology, researchers from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia found that extract from avocado fruit and seeds caused leukemia cells to self-destruct. Another study, published in the Cancer Research Journal found that avocado seeds contain a compound called vocation B which has proven to be extremely effective against acute myeloid leukemia. It was proven to be more effective than 800 other natural health products which were tested.
- They greatly boost our immune systems. Avocado seeds are rich in antioxidants like procyandis and catehchins which have anti-inflammatory properties. A whole list of diseases is caused due to a poorly functioning inflammatory response, from cardio disease, to depression, to cancer. These little seeds halt an over-active inflammatory response. Avocado seeds fight diseases caused by microbes, fungus, and parasites.
- The high levels of amino acids in avocado seeds prevent excess cholesterol and trigylcerides to prevent coronary disease. “Any heart disease patient must eat the avocado including the seed,” says Tom Wu.
- They are fat burning: avocado seeds contain more fat burners that the fruit’s pulp. It also contains soluble fiber, which improves the intestinal tract and makes you feel satisfied so that you don’t overeat.
- They are considered an aphrodisiac and increase libido.
- They ease arthritis and joint pain.
- The high levels of antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids reduce stress and curb depression.
- Avocado seeds halt cancerous tumor growth.
- Prevent epilepsy.
- Can be used to prevent blemishes on the skin.
- Extracts from avocado seeds can regulate thyroid disorders.
- They boost collagen formation in the skin.
- Avocado seeds are the ideal supplement for those who suffer from asthma.
Here’s how to eat avocado seeds to get all these amazing benefits:
First, allow your avocado pit or seed to dry out for approximately a week once it has been removed from the fruit. Then, remove the fine layer around the seed which separates it from the flesh of the avocado. Use a cheese grater, coffee grinder, or food processor, and grate the seed. If you like, you can also brown it with avocado, coconut, or olive oil on very low heat. This will cause the seed to take on a reddish color, but the browning part isn’t necessary to consume it.
You can either sprinkle the grated avocado seed on salads, rice, and vegetable dishes, use it in smoothies, or make an infusion by boiling the grated seed for a few minutes and then letting it sit to cool. Once it has cooled down you can simply sip on the avocado seed “tea” you’ve made throughout the day.
You can also mix the avocado seed with a little coconut oil to use as a topical for great skin and hair, or to reduce joint and muscle pain.
Avocado seed is contraindicated if you are nursing or pregnant.
The only precautions are to drink plenty of water, because the seeds contain tannins which can cause constipation. If you are eating plenty of soluble fiber, and stay hydrated, this shouldn’t be a problem, though.
Avocado seeds also contain a substance (fungicidal toxin) called persin which is toxic to animals, but not especially so to people, so don’t feed them to your pets! As long as they are eaten in small quantities, avocado pits do not cause harm to humans.
There have been no adverse health reports on eating avocado seeds, as it is a relatively newly re-discovered practice, but with this being said, there also has been little research on eating them whole and much more on the compounds within them. Though there is ample research about these benefits in lab trials, please do research the topic yourself before you decide to eat your avocado pits.
Biden to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Citing Health Impact on Youth and Black People
The Biden administration is reportedly planning to propose an immediate ban on menthol cigarettes, a product that has long been targeted by anti-smoking advocates and critics who claim that the tobacco industry has aggressively marketed to Black people in the U.S.
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the administration could announce a ban on menthol and other flavored cigarettes as soon as this week.
Roughly 85 percent of Black smokers use such menthol brands as Newport and Kool, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Research has also found that menthol cigarettes are easier to become addicted to and harder to quit than unflavored tobacco products, along with other small cigars popular with young people and African Americans.
Civil rights advocates claim that the decision should be greeted by Black communities and people of color who have been marketed to by what they describe as the predatory tobacco industry.
Black smokers generally smoke far less than white smokers, but suffer a disproportionate amount of deaths due to tobacco-linked diseases like heart attack, stroke, and other causes.
Anti-smoking advocates like Matthew L. Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, also greeted the move to cut out products that appeal to children and young adults.
“Menthol cigarettes are the No. 1 cause of youth smoking in the United States,” he said. “Eliminating menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars used by so many kids will do more in the long run to reduce tobacco-related disease than any action the federal government has ever taken.”
However, groups including the American Civil Liberties Group (ACLU) has opposed the move, citing the likelihood that such an action could lead to criminal penalties arising from the enforcement of a ban hitting communities of color hardest.
In a letter to administration officials, the ACLU and other groups including the Drug Policy Alliance said that while the ban is “no doubt well-intentioned” it would also have “serious racial justice implications.”
“Such a ban will trigger criminal penalties, which will disproportionately impact people of color, as well as prioritize criminalization over public health and harm reduction,” the letter explained. “A ban will also lead to unconstitutional policing and other negative interactions with local law enforcement.”
Pollution Is Making Human Penises Shrink and Causing a Collapse of Fertility, Scientists Say
With many still scoffing at the idea of rampant pollution posing a threat to humanity, a new study could drastically change the conversation: the chemicals across our environment could be the cause of shrinking human penises.
According to a new book by Dr. Shanna H. Swan, conditions in the modern world are quickly altering the reproductive development of humans and posing a threat to our future as a species.
The argument is laid out in her new book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.
The book discusses how pollution is not only leading to skyrocketing erectile dysfunction rates and fertility decline, but also an expansion in the number of babies born with small penises.
While it may seem like good fodder for jokes, the research could portend a grim future for humanity’s ability to survive.
Swan co-authored a study in 2017 that found sperm counts had precipitously fallen in Western countries by 59 percent between 1973 and 2011. In her latest book, Swan blames chemicals for this crisis in the making.
“Chemicals in our environment and unhealthy lifestyle practices in our modern world are disrupting our hormonal balance, causing various degrees of reproductive havoc,” she wrote in the new book.
“In some parts of the world, the average twentysomething woman today is less fertile than her grandmother was at 35,” she also wrote, noting that men could have only half the sperm count of their grandfathers.
Swan blames the disruption on phthalates, the chemicals used in plastic manufacturing that also have an impact on how the crucial hormone endocrine is produced
However, experts note that the proper implementation of pollution reduction measures could help humanity prevent the collapse of human fertility.
Visualizing The World’s Deadliest Pandemics By Population Impact
Humanity has been battling against disease for centuries.
And while most contagious outbreaks have never reached full-blown pandemic status, Visual Capitalist’s Carmen Ang notes that there have been several times throughout history when a disease has caused mass devastation.
Here’s a look at the world’s deadliest pandemics to date, viewed from the lens of the impact they had on the global population at the time.
Editor’s note: The above graphic was created in response to a popular request from users after viewing our popular history of pandemics infographic initially released a year ago.
Death Toll, by Percent of Population
In the mid-1300s, a plague known as the Black Death claimed the lives of roughly 200 million people – more than 50% of the global population at that time.
Here’s how the death toll by population stacks up for other significant pandemics, including COVID-19 so far.
The specific cause of the Black Death is still up for debate. Many experts claim the 14th-century pandemic was caused by a bubonic plague, meaning there was no human-to-human transmission, while others argue it was possibly pneumonic.
Interestingly, the plague still exists today – however, it’s significantly less deadly, thanks to modern antibiotics.
History Repeats, But at Least We Keep Learning
While we clearly haven’t eradicated infection diseases from our lives entirely, we’ve at least come a long way in our understanding of what causes illness in the first place.
In ancient times, people believed gods and spirits caused diseases and widespread destruction. But by the 19th century, a scientist named Louis Pasteur (based on findings by Robert Koch) discovered germ theory – the idea that small organisms caused disease.
What will we discover next, and how will it impact our response to disease in the future?
Like this? Check out the full-length article The History of Pandemics
Republished from ZH with permission.