Avocado, a true source of health and beauty
The Dominican Republic is one of the main exporters of avocado. The different varieties produced in the country, allow us to provide of this fruit almost year-round.
AVOCADO, IS IT A FRUIT OR A VEGETABLE?
It is a fruit, but generally, we eat as a vegetable because of its peculiar taste and the dressings used. Little by little, the false rumors that may have once prejudiced against this product have banished and over time, its virtues are rediscovered. For centuries, different indigenous tribes, especially the Aztecs and the Maya, used it as a medicinal fruit. It is true that avocado is one of highest calorie-filled fruits, so its intake in cases of obesity may be recommended under particular controls. However, this fact should not be isolated, as the fat in avocado is monounsaturated fat, i.e. "good fat", which helps the body function properly. Avocado provides so many benefits to the body, experts recommend consuming it at least twice per week. Not to mention it is a satiating fruit, which will take away hunger in a natural way.
Avocado is rich in good cholesterol (HDL); its consumption can reduce cholesterol and prevent arteriosclerosis. The most beneficial vitamins for the body, contained in this fruit, are vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and D. It is also rich in minerals such as iron, phosphorus and magnesium. According to experts, this makes avocado the ideal fruit to control blood pressure and maintain a regulated heartbeat rhythm.
Additionally, its proteins, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, have shown to help reduce the risk of cancer, caused by free radicals. It also helps stop vision damage and reduces high blood pressure which can lead to cerebrovascular diseases. Thanks to its high fiber content, it has a laxative and diuretic effect that favors the elimination of toxins and liquids, contributing to good kidney function.
Cosmetic dermatology is another field that has been able to exploit the benefits of avocado. Its high content in proteins and vitamins (A, B, C, D, E, H, K, Niacin or PP) acts against skin aging. Its oil, thick and pungent, has a very similar composition to skin sebum and has a high regenerating and restructuring power. One of its most common uses is to revitalize hair, especially for its ability to soften it and provide shine. It is also ideal to prevent the appearance of stretch marks and skin dryness.
Here are some masks that are easy to make and apply:
For the hair: Mash a small avocado; add an egg yolk and a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply throughout your hair and cover it; heat the entire area with a hairdryer and wait 20 minutes. If your hair is oily or greasy, do not apply the mixture to your roots, it would be best if applied from half the hair length towards the tips. Rinse with plenty of water and wash as usual using your regular shampoo and conditioner.
For dry skin: mix the avocado with olive oil; smash it with a fork until you get a cream, if possible, without any clumps. Apply to the face or any part of the body that may be dry. You must always avoid the area around the eyes. Leave on for about 15 minutes. Wash with plenty of water to remove the mix.
Mother Nature offers few products with so many benefits, and from here in our country, we feel proud of being one of the largest producers of avocado.