CONTAINS THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF THE RIGHT KIND OF FAT
Avocado oil is made up of over 75% fat, a percentage that may make fat-phobics cringe, but…stay with us…it’s the good kind of fat, the kind that’s been shown to help improve heart health by boosting levels of HDL “good” cholesterol. Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil is nearly 70% monounsaturated oleic acid, and, according to the American Heart Association, “[Monounsaturated fats] help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. They also provide nutrients to help develop and maintain your body’s cells. Monounsaturated fats are also typically high in vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin most Americans need more of.”
Oleic acid is also extremely resistant to oxidation, which means that avocado oil doesn’t spoil as quickly as other oils do, and holds up well in high heat. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory, and as such can help protect arterial walls from plague deposits, thereby keeping your blood pressure stable and your heart disease risk moderated. Avocado oil also contains an ideal amount of beta-sitosterol, a form of cholesterol that our bodies can use to turn less healthy fats into more usable fats that won’t damage our cells.
Aside from the significant monounsaturated content, avocado oil is about 16% saturated fatty acids and 14% polyunsaturated fats, a small portion of the total, and both mono and polyunsaturated fats have been shown to help regulate blood pressure and improve lipid profiles. One study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology showed that an avocado-rich diet influenced fatty acid levels in the kidneys, thereby helping the kidneys manage blood pressure.
BOOSTS NUTRIENT ABSORPTION
According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, avocado oil can significantly increase your body’s absorption of carotenoids. Carotenoids are fat-soluble antioxidants that need to be ingested with fats in order to be absorbed. Avocado oil is packed with carotenoids and unsaturated fatty acids, the ideal blend for high bioavailability of nutrients. Researchers found that when salads were dressed with avocado oil, absorption of the carotenoids alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein increased by as much as 15 times compared to salads without avocado oil. So add a drizzle of Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil to all your salads!
SUPPORT WEIGHT LOSS AND MAINTENANCE
Avocado oil supports weight loss and maintenance with monounsaturated fats. The American Journal of Nutrition reports that foods high in monounsaturated fats have a high satiety factor, which helps fill you up faster and longer, thereby curbing unnecessary snacking and high calorie intake. A 2007 study published in the Journal for Diabetes showed that when monounsaturated fats are eaten with every meal, the body is more easily able to burn off stubborn belly fat.
HIGH IN VITAMIN E
Avocados are among the top five foods highest in vitamin E, and avocado oil retains this important vitamin. Research indicates that vitamin E may help strengthen heart health, lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, protect against breast and prostate cancers, prevent the progression of age-related macular degeneration, and support the immune and digestive systems.
AN ANTIOXIDANT POWERHOUSE
Vitamin E is just one of the protective antioxidants found in avocado oil. It also has vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, vitamins B5 and B6, and the master antioxidant glutathione, which boosts cellular energy and strengthens the immune system. Antioxidants protect your cells, organs and tissues from free radical damage. If not neutralized by antioxidants, free radicals promote oxidation in the body. Oxidative stress instigates premature aging and all manner of chronic disease.
Avocado oil is also highly concentrated with minerals: potassium, manganese, iron, phosphorus and zinc. Chlorophyll is another component of avocado oil, a natural source of the mineral magnesium. At the heart of every chlorophyll molecule is a magnesium ion that is released upon contact with an acidic environment such as the human body. The incomplete chlorophyll molecule then lures in toxic metal ions such as mercury and lead to fill in the hole left by the magnesium ion. Once bonded to the chlorophyll molecule, these toxins are rendered harmless and flushed from the body through our stools.
With all these antioxidants, and polyhydroxylated fatty acids to boot, avocado oil is a natural skin saver. Studies have found that avocado oil may reduce skin damage that results from ultraviolet light. Protect your skin from the inside out, or use topically to soften and smooth the surface of your skin.