The Benefits of Avocado Oil for Skin and Hair
Nowadays, people are getting all hyped up around essential oils with diffusers, lotions, shampoos, and much more. There are so many great health benefits that these oils have for your body. With the most popular oils being coconut, sunflower, lavender, and other essential oils, one oil is typically, slightly, overlooked. That oil is the avocado oil. This is possibly one of the best oils that you can use for your body, as it is rich in so many vitamins and minerals and has so many great benefits, especially for your skin and hair. Here, we will go over what avocado oil is, and why it just may be your new favorite.
Avocado is a unique plant with very specific benefits. While most plant oils are extracted from the seed, avocado oil is taken from the flesh of the avocado. Most fruits usually contain very little fats, but are higher in carbs. However, the avocado is the exact opposite. It is very high in healthy, beneficial fats and lower in carbs. In addition, the avocado contains more potassium than a banana and more protein and fats than any other fruit on earth.
Avocado oil is a lightly flavored oil, compared to olive oil which is a much heavier flavor. It is also very high in oleic acid, monounsaturated fats, and vitamins A, S, and D. There are also a lot of minerals that are contained within avocado oil. The highest concentrations include magnesium and antioxidants, which most people do not get enough of. Avocados are one of the few natural sources of beta-sitosterol. This positively impacts lipid and cholesterol levels in the body. There is even more research showing that beta-sitosterol may actually inhibit cell division in cancerous cells. As for the antioxidant benefits of the avocado, it has the unique ability to penetrate cells down to the mitochondria and actually improve the function of the cell. Oh, and barely anyone is allergic to avocado, making it more accessible than coconut or other nut-based oils.
Avocado Nutrient Absorption
Avocados are a good source of nutrients on their own with half of the fruit containing about: 26% of the RDA of Vitamin K, 1/5 of the RDA of Folate, 17% of the recommended amount of vitamin C, about 13% of the RDA of vitamin B5 and B6, 14% of the RDA of potassium, and 17% of the RDA of vitamin C. In addition, avocados and their oil may improve the absorption of other foods that you eat.
This is because of a beneficial compound found in avocados and many other foods, call carotenoids. These rely on dietary fats for absorption, but most foods high in this compound are naturally low in fat, with the exception of the avocado. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2005 showed that even in low doses, avocado oil increased the absorption of carotenoids by as much as 15x. What this means for you is that just by adding a small amount of avocado oil to your salad improves the body's ability to absorb alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and lutein.
Benefits of Avocado Oil
Avocado oil has a ton of crazy benefits for when you are eating it. But what about using it as a topical treatment in lotions or hair products? As it turns out, the benefits are just as numerous as they are for eating it. And this directly has to do with what the avocado is made of, which we went over above, if you missed it. But let's break these two parts down. Starting with the skin, what are the benefits you may end up seeing if you start using a moisturizer with avocado oil as an ingredient.
- Moisturizes and Nourishes- In addition to the vitamin E, avocado oil also contains a lot of potassium, lecithin, and many other nutrients that can nourish and moisturize your skin. This is because the outermost layer of your skin can easily absorb these nutrients.
- Relieves Inflammation- Many people struggle with psoriasis and eczema, and it can be difficult to relieve those symptoms and the inflammation that comes with it. However, thanks to the vitamins and antioxidants found in avocado oil, it can help to heal the dry, irritated, and flaky skin.
- Prevents and Treats Acne- Oh, the scourge of being a teenager. Acne. Well, avocado can help with that by keeping the skin hydrated without leaving an oily residue, which can buildup and worsen your acne. Hydration is key with acne.
- Accelerates Healing- In a 2013 study, it was found that the essential fatty acids and oleic acid in avocado oil can promote collagen synthesis, which is the process of creating new connective tissue. The fatty acids were also found to help reduce inflammation.
- Sunburn- Thanks to the antioxidants found in this oil, it can help ease the symptoms of sunburn. Some of the nutrients that are the best at fighting the effects of sunburn include vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin D, protein, lecithin, and essential fatty acids, which are all found in avocado oil.
- Reduces Aging- The helpful fats found in avocados can actually help the skin retain its elasticity. Because the oil is so high in those fats, it has the same effect as eating it.
Avocado oil has a lot of benefits for your hair as well as your body and skin. The oil itself is rich in antioxidants, minerals, essential fatty acids, biotin, and vitamins A, B-5, and E. All of these are great for promoting hair health, including strengthening the follicles, taming frizz, and even promoting hair growth. Avocado oil can help stimulate blood flow and unclog blocked follicles, which can help hair loss. Both vitamin D and biotin, along with the oleic acid, are crucial for the generation of new hair follicles. Some researchers claim that vitamin D is vital for people suffering from hair loss.
Risks and Warnings
While avocado oil is highly beneficial for many parts of your body, there are some things you should be aware of. Overall, avocado oil is safe to use. However, people who are highly allergic to many things, should check with their doctor before buying an avocado product. Even though it is not a common allergen, it is still possible for people to be allergic to it. Using avocado can still cause side effects and allergic reactions, even if you are not eating it. It is best to do a patch skin test before completely using a lotion or moisturizer with avocado oil as an ingredient, to be sure that you do not receive a bad reaction from it.
Avocado oil is a highly beneficial oil, that may even rival the likes of coconut and other essential oils. By far one of the most versatile oils you can use, not to mention one of the best fruits you can eat. Yes, that is right. Avocado is indeed a fruit, not a vegetable. It can help with wrinkles, scars, and aging. Sunburn stand no chance. Say goodbye to acne and inflammation. Throw it on your hair and it can even help with hair loss and promote new hair growth! Give your one uncle a bottle of this stuff for Christmas and see if it works.
Overall, avocado is a great and affordable oil that has a ton of uses beyond putting it on toast. It would be a great addition to your diet, and actually should be the number one food on your diet. If you want more information on how to stay happy, healthy, and green, or even find some products that may have avocado oil in them, check out the rest of Green and Growing.
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