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Avocado, Persea americana / Lauraceae
Benefits for the health
The avocado has a high content in fat (11-25%), most of it unsaturated, as compared with other fruit and vegetables. Therefore, its energetic value is relatively high. One hundred grams of avocado provide with 128-233 kcal, between 1 and 2 g of protein, 500 to 700 mg of potassium, 300 to 400 International Units of vitamin A and between 2 and 3 mg of vitamin E. This fruit has a the highest volume of vitamin E as compares with other fruit and vegetables. Vitamin E is the most important antioxidant in the membranes of the human cells. Vitamin E is the name given to a family of related fat-soluble antioxidants known as tocopheroles. Tocopheroles occurring in the human diet are the alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol. Tocopheroles protect the membranes of the cells from oxidation, and at the same time they prevent from the oxidative damages caused by carcinogenic and toxic agents. Epidemiological research indicates that a higher consumption of vitamin E is beneficial to reduce the risk of contracting cardiovascular diseases.
Popular tradition
The avocado turns out to be an excellent fruit to nourish dry skin and to prevent ageing. Some villages in Guatemala use the pulp to stimulate hair growth by means of gentle massage. Other cultures consume it as an aphrodisiac.

It is recommended in growth, convalescences or gastric disorders, since it is a very complete food, easily digested. In Africa, it is the chief food for many children.

Its content in oleic acid has beneficial cardiovascular effects, diminishing the levels of plasmatic cholesterol. It contains an important amount of minerals and vitamins, which are necessary for the correct functioning of the organism.
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