Eating a creamy slice or two of avocado a day will definitely keep the doctor away. This delicious fruit makes a great substitute for mayonnaise and butter.

People have been jumping on the avocado bandwagon lately. We all know that they are full of healthy fats and they taste freaking awesome. A little guac on those nachos? No, Sir, how about a LOT of guac on those nachos. Mmmm. Guac. Anyway, so while we're putting slices of the green delight on our burgers and chopping them up for our salads and thinking that we're getting all the nutrients, we're actually going around tossing out the most important part of the fruit. The avocado seed is the one thing that we keep to try and keep our avocados from browning too much, but other than that, we see them as useless and toss them. If you've been doing that, you need to stop. Seriously. You're throwing out amazing health benefits. They're even saying that avocado seeds are the new superfruit. WHAT?! And this whole time we've been going around thing that it's just garbage. NOPE. Here is everything you need to know about avocado seeds, including how to eat them and what good they'll do for you.

Did you know that 70% of the antioxidants from avocado is actually hidden in the seed? Yup. And here you've been just tossing that seed out like garbage.

Avocado seeds have more soluble fiber than most foods on this beautiful green earth of ours. That's a whooooole lotta fiber!

If you're looking for potassium, look no further than the modest avocado seed.

Reduces joint pain
Inflammation and joint pain can be eased through the ingestion of avocado seeds.

Skin health
The healthy bits of the seed help to create collagen and fix damages to your skin cells.

Strengthens your defences
Helps to fight against illness and diseases.

Digestive health
Avocado seeds have been used to treat numerous digestive issues such as gastric ulcers and dysentery.

Helps you lose weight
The fiber helps to keeps your blood sugar levels in check and regulated and also helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer, which means that you'll be able to kick that 2:30 sugar craving.

Benefits of Avocado Seeds
Over 70% of the total antioxidant capacity of avocados is found within the seed.
Pennsylvania State University recently launched a study on the benefits of avocado seeds and found that the phenolic antioxidant compounds in the seeds may lower high cholesterol, high blood pressure, reduce inflammatory conditions, diabetes, and boost your immunity. The seeds even have insecticidal, fungicidal, and anti-microbial properties.

Reduce Inflammation and Ease Joint Pain
Inflammation is the culprit behind numerous chronic diseases: arthritis, heart disease, stroke and even cancer all have been linked to excessive inflammation within the body.

Avocado seeds and skins contain higher levels of antioxidants such as catechins (also found in green tea) and procyandins that act as anti-inflammatories, reduce pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of joint function. These two antioxidants also improve heart health and blood circulation.

Destroys Cancer Cells
The University of Antioquia, in Medellin, Colombia in November of 2013 found that extract of avocado seed and the fruit (Hass variety) had a pro-apoptotic effect on leukemia cells. The extract caused the leukemia cells to self-destruct and left the normal cells healthy and stable.

The seeds also contain a phytochemical known as flavonol, which is a potent antioxidant that can reduce tumor growth.

Banish Cravings and Shed Fat
Avocado seeds are packed with fiber, which can keep you full and satiated. Plus, avocado seeds can help control your blood sugar levels. When your overall blood glucose levels are steady throughout the day – you’re less likely to give in to junk food cravings.

Get Radiant Glowing Skin
Avocado seeds are the perfect food for your skin. Their potent antioxidants can rebuild collagen, repair cell damage caused by free radicals, and actually improve the look and feel of your skin.

Getting to the Good Stuff – How to Crack the Seed
The easiest way to get the benefits of avocado seeds is to add them to a smoothie. It won’t affect the taste and makes it a little bit richer and thicker.

First things first, be careful when using a knife to remove the seed from the fruit. Don’t try to pry the seed away from the fruit and let your knife slip along the seeds smooth edges!

My recommendation: Once you have cut your avocado in half, whack the knife into the avocado seed, twist it, and then pull it from the remaining flesh.

Remove the knife from the seed and using a heavy chef’s knife whack the seed hard and it should split apart. Then chop it up into smaller pieces.

Avocado Seed Green Goddess Smoothie

1 cup nut milk or water
1 ripe pear
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
½ Hass avocado
½ Hass avocado seed
Small piece ginger grated
½ apple

Blend well and enjoy!

So, the next time you cut in the fleshy, nutrient-packed goodness of an avocado, don’t be so quick to throw the seed away.

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