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Avocado’s Constant

A quick review on high school chemistry: An atom is the smallest object that retains properties of an element. It is composed of electrons and a nucleus (containing protons and neutrons). A mole is the amount of substance of a system (i.e., a combination of parts) that contains as many elementary entities (i.e., electrons, protons, or neutrons) as there are atoms in 12g of carbon-12. Nosebleed, right? (This is why I hated high school chemistry.) But please, bear with me.

Though I hated chemistry in high school (I loved geometry more), its saving grace for me was how it needed math when converting moles to atoms and vice versa. Because at that point, chemistry became math to me. And the formula necessary for this conversion was Avogadro’s Constant. Put simply, Avogadro’s Constant was the number my classmates and I had to rely on time and time again when converting moles to atoms or atoms to moles. Without that number, conversion was impossible. And our high school chemistry teacher made sure that we took that concept to heart by making us memorize Avogadro’s Constant.

Although I don’t know Avogadro’s Constant by heart anymore, there is one thing this concept in chemistry will forever remind me. And that is not only how similar the scientist’s name sounds like avocado, but also how consistent the fruit is when it comes to its contributions to health just as Avogadro’s Constant is helpful to chemistry.

We’ve all heard it before, avocado is one of the healthiest fruits we can eat. According to Janice Taylor from NaturalLivingIdeas.com: “Eating one avocado per week is great for your skin, improves circulatory function, and helps to keep hormones in balance.” In fact, she adds that it is one of the top 10 foods that can help you lose weight. But perhaps not many know that avocado’s secret lies in its oil.

Just like olive oil, avocado oil contains monounsaturated oleic acid which lowers the risk of some cancers, prevents flare-ups of certain auto-immune diseases, speeds up cell regeneration and wound healing, repels and eliminates microbial infections, and reduces inflammation inside and out. Avocado oil also contains high amounts of beta-sitosterol, “a type of cholesterol which our bodies can use to convert less healthy fats into forms which are more usable and less damaging to cells.” Because of this, it helps prevent damage to arterial walls, which in turn lowers the risk of heart disease. In the long run, this aids in keeping blood pressure at normal, healthy levels.

Avocado oil is rich in Vitamin E as well. Vitamin E improves skin and keeps eyes healthy. It even improves memory and mental acuity, as well as increase overall digestion efficiency. Speaking of digestion, the vitamins, minerals, and monounsaturated fatty acids in avocado oil all help in processing food more efficiently. On top of that, because avocado oil is thick and full of nutrients it will make you feel fuller faster and keep your appetite satisfied longer.

Detoxification is yet another strength of avocado oil. Since it is rich in chlorophyll, it easily removes heavy metals like mercury and lead from the liver, kidney, brain, and other organs. Pair this oil dressing with cilantro and you get an added boost of detoxifying chlorophyll power!

When it comes to skin, avocado oil helps to generate more and stronger cells, leaving you with a youthful glow. It can even be topically applied to control dandruff, cracked heels, insect bites and stings, sunburn, inflammation, and itching because of its high concentration of oleic acid. Lastly, avocado oil can also speed up the healing process. Just apply a drop of two of avocado oil on cuts, scrapes, burns, blisters, or rashes and your skin will heal faster, and with less chances of scarring.

While there are a plethora of uses for avocado oil, only one thing is for certain: Avocado’s constant is how it provides nothing less than the best for your health and well-being.






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