Avocado leaves Health benefits are numerous. However, few people know that avocado leaves have significant health benefits because most times it is only avocado fruit that is used as food. The leaves and the pit are usually discarded.
What Is Avocado?
Avocado is a trending super food in the form of a pear, or a ball that many health and fitness enthusiasts all around the world love.
Scientifically known as Persea Americana, this super food is said to have originated in South Central Mexico.
The flesh of the fruit is fat, juicy, oily, and has a yellow-green or green color. It tastes slightly sweet, not sour.
Avocados do pack a punch! They are highly versatile and can be enjoyed either on their own or used in a variety of recipes for meals and drinks or juices.
However, many people use only avocado fruit as food and discard the seeds and leaves. Very few consume avocado pulp, peels, pits, and leaves.
But, not only is the fruit good for the body, its leaves have the potentials of preventing diseases and it contains healing properties.
Despite this fact, there hasn’t been any wide understanding of the benefits of consuming avocado leaves for health.
This is a huge loss because the leaf has many medicinal properties that can boost your health therefore; there is a need for more awareness to be created.
We must discover the abundance of nutrients packed within avocado leaves to boost our health with the healing properties.
But, before we find out about the benefits, let’s take a look at what makes it so good.
The Nutrients in Avocado Leaf
Firstly, you may not expect that the leaves of avocado contain abundant nutrients even more than the fruits.
Secondly, avocado leaves are richer in proteins and fiber than the fruit or the seed.
Besides, there’s about 25.54 g protein and 38.40 g fiber per 100 g of the leaf, while the fruit contains only 1.60 g and 2.06 g of protein and fiber, in the same amount.
Thirdly, avocado leaves are not only rich in protein and fiber, but it also contains some of the mineral such as magnesium, sodium, manganese, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, zinc, selenium and phosphorus in the proper amount.
Lastly, the leaf of avocado also has a greater number of phytochemicals than the fruit and the seed.
Avocado Leaves Health Benefits
After knowing the nutrients content of avocado leaves, now let’s see the amazing health benefits and how it affects the human body to solve several health issues.
The Avocado leaf has more protein, fiber, minerals, and phytochemicals like flavonoids and phenols than the fruit.
It can prevent convulsions, lower the blood glucose level, fight ulcers with its antioxidants, and lower body weight by burning fat stored in adipose tissues. The seeds, leaves, and bark are used for dysentery and diarrhea.
Other Benefits Include:
- Avocado Leaves Health Benefits for Hair Growth
Losing hair? Avocado leaves are the secret remedy. The vitamins A, D, E and B6, proteins, amino acids, magnesium, folic acid, copper and iron in the leaves will give the hair instant glow.
- Avocado Leaves for High Blood Pressure
Lowers cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar and blood pressure!
Avocados contain monounsaturated fats that are great for improving your cholesterol and reducing inflammation.
Also, they contain more potassium than bananas so they are very effective at managing blood pressure.
- Avocado and Fertility
One of the most important nutrients for fertility is fat. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, aka MUFAs, which are in union with lower rates of ovulatory infertility.
In addition to fat, avocados also contain folate, potassium, and vitamin A, which are all important for reproductive health
- Avocado Leaves for Anaemia
Eat at least 3 avocados per week for a minimum of 2 weeks, to address your iron imbalance.
- Calms down Your Back Pain
If you feel pain, such as low back pain, you can try the avocado leaf tea to perform daily activities.
- Treats Kidney stones
- Helps Prevent Cancer and ulcers
- Supports Skin Health
- Treat Diabetes and Asthma Symptoms
- Protects The Body against Degenerative Diseases for example premature aging
- Reduce Convulsions from Seizures
How to Make Avocado Tea
Avocado leaves tea is very similar to traditional herbal tea, such as guava leaves tea. Making avocado tea is very easy.
- Like with most tea, you simply add fresh/dry leaves not brown spots or curling leaves and hot water together and then allow steeping.
- Tea aficionados suggest using dry avocado leaves, approximately 3 or 4 leaves per pot.
- Some heat the water then add the leaves to steep in it, while others boil water with leaves in it for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Lastly, the leaf has a licorice or anise-like flavor but can be bitter so play around with your avocado tea recipe, adding fewer leaves and using alternative sweeteners, until you find the brew that works best for you.
Besides using them as tea, you can use the avocado leaves to add the flavor to your soup and stew.
Also, they use the seed of an avocado to prepare a healthy and soothing cup of tea.
- Benefits of Avocado Leaf Tea
Firstly, it helps in treating headaches as it improves the flow of oxygen in the brain.
- Secondly, it reduces stress and provides a soothing effect.
- Thirdly, a combination of avocado leaves tea with honey helps to improve digestion and keep problems like constipation at bay.
- Fourthly, Avocado herbal tea can aid in easing asthma symptoms and lowering blood glucose levels.
- Above all, other benefits include treating muscle soreness, reducing inflammation, curing kidney stones, etc.
How To Include Avocado Leaves In Your Diet?
- Firstly, you can add raw or freshly toasted avocado leaves to add flavor your salad, soup, and stew,
- One of the best ways to consume avocado leaves is as tea. Just boil a few leaves in a pot of water and add an appropriate amount of sweetener to suit your palate.
What Are The Side Effects Of Avocado Leaves?
Although there have been no conclusive studies on its side effects on humans, it was found that when lactating (breastfeeding) livestock eat avocado leaves, they may develop a painful infection of the breast tissue and lactation failure.
Therefore, it is better to avoid the avocado leaf if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Are Avocado Leaves Poisonous To Humans?
Some people express fear due to the presence of persin which is a fungicidal toxin present in the avocado
Research has proven that persin is not harmful to humans but when consumed by domestic animals in large quantities it is dangerous.
Where to Buy Avocado Leaves In Nigeria
Avocado leaves for sale whether dry/fresh is a common sight in Nigeria’s local market especially when it is in season.
I am not sure about online sales, will update with time.