For miraculous health benefits, everyone knows that avocados are hard to beat. But what do you do with their seeds? Think again before you chuck them out! They can – and should – be eaten and they contain many more medicinal properties than the fruit itself. You can also use the seeds topically to treat skin problems, as well as to ease muscle and joint pain.
Read on for some useful information about how to use avocado seeds in order to greatly benefit your wellbeing. For instance, did you realise that they can aid in weight loss and treat certain diseases? We’ll help you discover the secrets behind these powerful pits.
What’s in a seed?
Avocados are an exceptional food. They’re nutritionally sound and their frequent consumption is recommended by many experts. 70% of this fruit’s amino acids is found in its seed. Furthermore, avocados contain more soluble fibre than any other food!
Surprising health benefits
Check out just a few of the medicinal advantages you can get from avocado seeds. They:
- contain antioxidants, so they prevent cells from ageing
- prevent cardiovascular diseases thanks to their amino acid content. This is great for the treatment of excess cholesterol and triglycerides and as a way of preventing coronary disease.
- help raise immune defences and fight diseases caused by microbes, fungus and parasites
- aid fat burning and weight loss, because avocado seeds contain more fat burners than the fruit’s pulp. They also contains soluble fibre, which improves digestive transit and makes you feel satisfied.
- are astringent, so are great for treating diarrhoea and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract
- have aphrodisiacal properties for increasing your libido
- revitalise and re-energise, so are great for fighting fatigue and stress
- relax muscles and joints when used topically
- prevent tumour growth due to their flavonol content
- can help to prevent epilepsy
- quickly eliminate the appearance of blemishes and boils when applied topically because they’ll dry them up
- can regulate thyroid disorders
- have a rejuvenating effect on the skin when eaten as well as when applied, as they boost the formation of collagen
- can be an effective supplement for naturally treating asthma.
How should you consume them?
An avocado seed’s flavour is bitter and astringent. This is largely due to its medicinal properties. To enjoy its unique taste, remove the fine layer of brown skin. Grate the seed and, if desired, brown it on low heat. Heating it gives it a reddish colour. With the grated seed, you can:
- make an infusion by boiling it for 10 minutes. Let it steep for another 5 minutes and then you can drink it throughout the day.
- farnish salads, soups, stews, rice or pasta
- toast it thoroughly then use a coffee grinder to mash it into a powder.
Warning: The tannin content of avocado seeds means that overconsumption can lead to constipation.
To use the seeds topically, follow these instructions:
- Crush and mix with cosmetic alcohol. Allow the mixture to age for at least a week. Once it has adequately aged, you can use this blend for massages and rubs that will treat, for instance, joint and muscle pains. For migraines, use the mixture to gently massage your temples and neck.
- When you make a powder from the seed, you can put together a cream that will treat blemishes and boils by drying them out. Mix the powder with a bit of hot water to form a paste. You will put this paste between two layers of balm and apply to the skin for 5 to 10 minutes until you see that the the spot has dried. It’s safe to repeat this procedure every day until the condition improves.
- For shiny and dandruff-free hair, grate the raw (not toasted) seed. Add castor oil to the grated seed and leave it for a day. Thoroughly rub the mixture onto your scalp. Cover your head with a towel or cling film and let it penetrate for an hour. When an hour has passed, wash your hair completely. Be aware that this treatment is not recommended for very oily hair.
- The seed’s powder makes a wonderful exfoliant and will help to tone your skin.
Ground avocado seeds can be poisonous to some species. Mice, for instance, can die if they ingest any part of them.