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    Benefits of Avocado and Ayurveda-inspired Recipes for Skin and Hair

    The Ayurveda Experience September 25, 2019 2 Comments

    Avocado is rather a unique and popular fruit due to its various health and beauty benefits. Let’s take a deeper look! In this blog we will talk about Avocado, its benefits, some delicious Ayurveda-inspired avocado recipes and remedies.

    Often called the “Alligator Pear” due to its pear shape and alligator-like external texture, the famous fruit is quite nutritious. It contains around 20 vitamins and minerals, and is loaded with healthy fats.

    Avocado Health Benefits

    • High in potassium, they tend to lower high blood pressure. High potassium intake is often linked to healthy blood pressure levels.
    • Avocados are high in heart-healthy fats including mono-saturated fatty acids like oleic acid.
    • It has high fiber content and may help promote regular bowel movements.
    • Avocados also contain powerful antioxidants.
    • The zinc in avocados can also help in boosting the immune system.

    Ayurveda On Avocados

    There is no reference of avocados in Classical Ayurveda texts, but the qualities can be understood based on the rasa (taste) and karma (action) on the body.

    Avocados can help pacify aggravated Vata and Pitta doshas. It is madhura (sweet) in taste and its prithvi and jala (earth and water respectively) elements make it more grounding and satisfying.

    It has laxative action and is a stool softener. It helps in maintaining the moisture content of the skin and hair.

    Research Studies On Avocado Health Benefits

    Nutrients in avocados are associated with cardiovascular benefits. A study was conducted to determine the effect of avocado intake on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk with the use of a systematic review and meta-analysis.

    Avocado intake resulted in no difference in serum TC, LDL-cholesterol, and TG concentrations, but it did increase serum HDL-cholesterol concentrations, with significant heterogeneity.1

    Another study called Avocado Consumption Increases Macular Pigment Density in Older Adults shows that avocados are a bioavailable source of lutein. This study tests the effects of the intake of avocado on cognition.

    avocado health benefits Ayurvedic recipes and avocado remedies

    The study concluded that a dietary intervention with avocados was particularly effective in increasing MPD levels, a biomarker of brain lutein.2

    Increases in MPD were related to better cognitive performance. Therefore, avocados could be an effective dietary strategy for cognitive health in the aging population.3

    A study from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001-2008 revealed that regularly having avocados is associated with better diet quality, nutrient intake, and lower metabolic syndrome risk in adults in the US.

    Ayurveda-Inspired Avocado Recipes

    Crunchy Avocado Salad 

    Avocado Benefits + Ayurveda-Inspired Avocado Recipes, Beauty Remedies

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup sliced avocados
    • 1/2 cup sliced bell peppers
    • 1/2 cup de-seeded and sliced tomatoes
    • 1 cup baby corn
    • 1/2 cup cucumber strips
    • 1/2 cup carrot strips
    • Onions (optional)

    For Dressing

    • 2 tbsp honey
    • 3/4 tbsp lemon juice
    • 2 tsp finely chopped mint leaves
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Method Of Preparation

    Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and mix well. Add the dressing and toss well. Do not refrigerate. Serve immediately. 

    Read more Ayurvedic Recipes here.

    Avocado rice 

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups of cooked brown rice
    • 1 medium ripe avocado
    • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
    • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
    • 1 small clove and minced garlic
    • Freshly ground black pepper,
    • Salt to taste

    Method Of Preparation 

    Mash avocados in a large mixing bowl. Stir in lime juice, cilantro, and garlic, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in warm cooked rice and serve warm.

    Chocolate Avocado Pudding

    Avocado Benefits + Ayurveda-Inspired Avocado Recipes, Beauty Remedies

    Ingredients

    • 2 ripe avocados
    • 1/2 cup regular cocoa powder
    • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
    • 4 tbsp almond milk
    • 1/4 cup maple syrup
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    Method Of Preparation

    Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until completely smooth. Serve in a pudding bowl.

    Read more Ayurvedic Recipes here.

    Ayurvedic Beauty Remedies With Avocados

    Natural Moisturizer: The natural oils in an avocado can penetrate deep into the skin, helping to soften and hydrate dry and flaky patches.

    Simply spread it across your body, leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, shower or bathe in lukewarm water, and pat dry. This might be useful for dry skin.

    DIY Honey Avocado Skin Brightening Mask: Mash one avocado and mix it with 1/4 cup honey.

    Apply over face and neck region and wash off with water after 20 minutes. Follow this once in a week for visible results.

    Avocado-Aloe Hair Conditioner: Scoop avocado into a bowl. Add 2 tbsp aloe gel and 1 tbsp yogurt. Massage the mixture on the scalp and hair and cover with a hair cap.

    Leave for 30 minutes and wash it off with cold water. This avocado-aloe combo is a great natural hair conditioner.

    References 

    1. Am J Clin Nutr. 2018 Apr 1;107(4):523-536. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqx078.
    2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5622679/
    3. Scott, T. M., Rasmussen, H. M., Chen, O., & Johnson, E. J. (2017). Avocado Consumption Increases Macular Pigment Density in Older Adults: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Nutrients, 9(9), 919. doi:10.3390/nu9090919

    2 Responses

    David Wuerth
    David Wuerth

    September 13, 2022

    In your crunchy avocado salad, you recommend eating it with brown rice. Avocado is a fruit and Ayurveda does not recommend mixing fruit with grains. Please explain this apparent discrepancy. Am I wrong? Thank you.

    Ann BurkeLCSWR
    Ann BurkeLCSWR

    July 22, 2020

    Loved all the videos and ideas
    I am a therapist and this adds so much to my psychotherapy practice
    Peace
    Ann

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