Benefits of Avocado Oil
The benefits of Avocado oil comes from its abundance of vitamins such as A, B, D, E, as well as protein, potassium and lecithin. Although Avocado oil is considered a vegetable oil, the avocado is actually a fruit which produces a deep penetrating oil. It is classified as a monosaturated oil and is best suited for dry skin conditions.
The avocoado originated in Mexico and was even prized by the Aztecs for its nutritional qualities as well as its excellent skin emollients.
The fatty acid makeup of avocado oil is oleic acid 70%, palmitic acid 13%, palmitoleic acid 5%, stearic acid 0.3%, linoleic acid 10%, and linolenic acid 0.5%. Avocado oil contains more alpha-tocopherol and beta/gamma tocopherol than olive oil.
Additional benefits of avocado oil come from its high level of sterolins (plant steroids), which are said to reduce age spots, help heal sun damage and scars. Avocado oil is used in combination with vitamin B12 for treatment of psoriasis.
The anti-aging benefits of avocado oil were recently presented in April, 2012 by Christian Cortes-Rojo, a researcher at Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo in Morelia, Mexico, demonstrating that "avocado oil allowed yeast cells to survive exposure to high concentrations of iron, which produces a huge amount of free radicals, even to higher levels to those found in some human diseases." These findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in San Diego, CA.
Avocado oil is a good source of lecithin which is a wonderful emulsifier and lubricant. These qualities serve as a protective covering to both skin and hair follicles, preventing moisture loss to the environment.
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