We all know that avocados are great for our health, but according to new studies, even the peel offers numerous health benefits.
Avocado peel have the ability to treat cold sores and also assist in the treatment and prevention of other ailments such as heart disease. According to scientists, they are a real gold mine of nutrients which can significantly improve our overall health.
Health benefits of avocado peels
The study conducted an experiment in which 300 avocado peels were ground to dust in order to obtain 600 gr. of powder, 30 gr. of wax and 3 teaspoons of avocado oil. After examining the powder, oil, and wax, the scientists found 116 compounds in the oil and 16 important nutrients in the wax. The oil contained compounds such as behenyl alcohol, and a fatty acid known as docosanol. This oil is often used in the preparation of antiviral drugs and can help in the treatment of the herpex simplex virus which is responsible for cold sores. The scientists were also able to isolate heptacosane, a compound which can assist in the inhibition of growth of cancer cells.
According to statistical data, there are about 5 million tons of avocados produced annually around the world, with only a fraction of the producers extracting the oil from the seeds for human consumption. According to the scientists involved in the study, the discovery could spark up further research on avocado peels and isolate new compounds which can be used as medications for numerous ailments without any kind of side-effects. Avocados are certainly delicious, and even their peel is beneficial for our health, which is why you need to include more of this amazing fruit in your diet.