Avocados Combat Metabolic Syndrome

In today’s article we are going to write about recent review that investigates the effects of avocados on different components of metabolic syndrome. Namely, scientists are trying to congregate the risk factors, including body mass index, high blood sugar and blood pressure. The scientific studies showed that these risk factors lead to substantially increased risk of diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular disease.

According to the studies, avocado is one of the most beneficial fruit that has a positive impact lipid profiles, with changes to LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, total cholesterol and phospholipids.

In a crossover study, 12 women with diabetes type 2 and they were divided into two groups. The groups of participants received different diet plans. Namely, one group received a high monounsaturated fatty acids diet, including oleic acid from avocado and olive oil while the other group received a high-complex carbohydrates diet.

Participants were consuming food according to the given diet plan in period of 4 weeks. The results showed that the group of women who consumed food with high monounsaturated fatty acids maintained an adequate glycemic control and had a good management alternative.

Another randomized clinical trial in which were included 26 healthy overweight participants, revealed that consummation of ½ a Hass avocado substantially reduced the blood insulin and glucagon-like peptide-1 levels. Scientists came to conclusion that hypoglycemic effect may occur as a result of D-mannoheptulose by glycolysis decline via hexokinase inhibition and weight control via appetite reduction.

This study in which were included healthy overweight adults showed that avocado as a part of lunch meal attenuated the rise in postprandial blood insulin levels, half an hour after start of the lunch. Additionally, this pear-shaped fruit diminished the desire to eat compared with lunch without avocado. Experts explain that the reason for this may be the anti-obesity properties of avocados.

It is scientifically proved that the peel, seed, flesh and leaves of avocados have differing effects on components of metabolic syndrome.

Authors of the Phytotherapy Research review wrote: “Avocado is a well-known source of carotenoids, minerals, phenolics, vitamins and fatty acids. The lipid- lowering, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects of avocado have been demonstrated in several studies”.

This review is summarized the results of several studies: in vivo, in vitro and clinical studies, conducted by researchers from all around the world. Experts had intention to find out the role of peel, seed, flesh and leaves of avocado in metabolic syndrome.

It is important to mention that most of these studies suggest including of this plant in daily nutrition. Avocadoes have the ability to manage different components of metabolic syndrome.

Source: eatingnaturallymag.com