If you have been hearing about the goodness of avocado seeds and are about to discard all that information because you think it is a recent fad, resist. South American folk medicine was aware of the benefits of avocado seeds long before we realized. In places where avocado originated, people have been using avocado seeds for years to treat almost everything from diabetes to dysentery, including snake bite. And not only for health; Avocado seeds are also used for aesthetic and cosmetic purposes, and the seed powder used to treat dandruff and an ointment made from them is used as a cosmetic. Fortunately for skeptics among us, modern science has been able to support many of these uses.
1. Can Fight Cancer:
We have not found any mention of avocado seeds for cancer in the literature of folk medicine, but a 2013 study found that ethanol extracts from fruit and avocado seed could induce death (apoptosis) in cells affected by leukemia or blood cancer.
“The researchers even suggest the use of avocado as an alternative treatment for leukemia”.
Another study found that a lipid called avocatin B found in avocado seed was useful against acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Blood cells develop from bone marrow stem cells. Avocatin B was directed to AML stem cells without targeting normal blood stem cells. This selective nature of the lipid is what can make it a possible cure for cancer.
2. Reduce Cholesterol Levels:
Avocado is a heart-healthy fruit. It has a high fat content, but the fat is mainly composed of monounsaturated fatty acids (AGMI) or good fats, which prevent your cholesterol levels from rising. However, the seed has more effect in reducing the lipid profiles in the blood and liver than the pulp of the fruit itself, as an animal study found in the World Journal of Dairy and Food Sciences. One of the useful ingredients in it is beta-sitosterol, an alcoholic vegetable steroid, which helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels by interfering with the absorption of cholesterol in the blood. The other is tocopherol, an antioxidant of vitamin E, which absorbs free radicals. Free radicals have a role in the deposition of fat in the arteries, which leads to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases.
3. Lowers Blood Pressure:
Herbalists in Nigeria recommend mixing seed powder in soups, potatoes and puddings to treat high blood pressure or high blood pressure. And science is now being able to support this use. A study in rats with high blood pressure found that avocado seed water extract can reduce blood pressure by lowering total cholesterol levels, LDL and triglycerol levels, and increasing HDL or “good cholesterol.” But the useful effect of the seed extract depends on the dose, since a high concentration of antioxidants in the seed can cause hypothyroidism, which in turn increases cholesterol levels.
4. Has Antidiabetic Effects:
In South American cultures, decoction of avocado seeds or hot water extract is used to control diabetes. A 2013 study agrees, adding that hot water extract from avocado seeds can even protect the liver, pancreas and kidney tissues. But in order to control diabetes effectively, the seed extract must be taken orally for a prolonged period of time. The antidiabetic effect of avocado seeds is due to its calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc and chromium content. These elements regulate the key enzymes involved in the formation of glucose and help the body to better utilize existing glucose, thus combating diabetes. The seed also contains other antioxidants that reduce glucose such as flavonoids, saponins, steroids, tannins and alkaloids.
5. It has Antifungal and Antibacterial Effects:
Traditionally, avocado seeds have been used in their home countries as a treatment for parasitic and fungal infections. Modern research attributes this to the various natural antifungal chemicals such as phytosterols, triterpenes, fatty acids, furanoic acids and flavonol dimers it contains. One study also compared the potency of avocado seed extract in fungi and disease-causing bacteria (including those that cause typhoid, gonorrhea and pneumonia) with a standard dose of 30 mcg of the antibiotic medicine streptomycin. In some cases, depending on the medium, avocado seed extract worked better than streptomycin, thanks to these plant chemicals.
6. Help with Diarrhea and Bladder Problems:
The Maya used avocado seed decoction to treat bladder problems and grated seed as a condiment in their cooking sauces. Seed decoction has been and continues to be used in folk medicine to treat dysentery and diarrhea. It is also anti-inflammatory for the liver. It is also known to work as a diuretic; it can eliminate uric acid and treat kidney stones.
7. Help the Skin Against Sun Damage:
It has also been found that avocado seed extracts reverse or control skin damage and inflammation caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays can cause skin cancer due to DNA damage. But the unique lipid molecules and polyhydric fatty alcohols (PFA) in avocado stop the condition before it progresses to cancer. Already in 1989, the United States had patented an oil-based composition made from grated avocado seed, sulfur, castor oil, cod liver oil, peppermint brandy, orange water and camphor for the treatment of dry scalp and dry skin conditions The mixture should be applied to the affected area for a considerable period of time and then washed with shampoo or water to obtain the best results. In traditional medicine, seed powder is used to cure dandruff and seed oil is used to treat skin rashes.
8. Can Treat Aches and Pains:
Because the seed has a local anesthetic effect, along with the ability to reduce inflammation and increase blood circulation, in popular crops, its paste is used to reduce muscle pain and even treat arthritis. The seed or its decoction is also placed in the dental cavity to cure the toothache.
9. May Be Useful for Contraception:
Some South American cultures such as Quechua and Siyona-Secoya also use decoction of seeds as a contraceptive. They consider it safe to use since it does not cause permanent sterility. The decoction is done by boiling the seed in 4-5 cups of water for 15 minutes until it turns bright red. Then it is taken during menstruation. With regard to the use of avocado seeds for menstruation, traditional use seems complicated. While Quechua and Siyona-Secoya use it to stop menstruation, in some parts of Colombia, seed tea is used to cause menstruation. Therefore, wait to use the seed for this particular effect.