The humble avocado may not look like much—green and scaly with a giant seed in the middle—but according to new research, eating one avocado daily could be a powerful way to help curb high cholesterol, and may possibly boost your intelligence at the same time.
The latest research, which was supported by a grant from the Hass Avocado Board, was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The study examined the effects of three different cholesterol-lowering diets on 45 overweight or obese participants with low to high cholesterol; every participant tried each diet for five weeks.
The three diets consisted of a lower-fat diet (24% fat) and two moderate fat diets (34% fat). One of the moderate fat diets included one avocado (136 g) daily, while the other did not. Here’s what the researchers discovered:
While this study involved a small number of participants and therefore requires more research, the findings are promising as they offer a safe and tasty way to lower cholesterol.
In consumer tests, avocados eaten daily by groups with high mental stress, concentration problems, and difficulty with memory retrieval produced a decrease in mental stress and improved “brain fog” and mental clarity.
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