Avocado - the fruit of an evergreen tropical plant, the nearest relative of the laurel, camphor and cinnamon trees. According to its botanical properties of avocado belongs to the fruit, chemical composition resembles a vegetable, but in appearance like a pear in alligator skin, hence the second name - alligator pear.
Unlike most of the avocado fruit unsweetened absolutely! Plus or minus, judge for yourself. Sure, for those who persist in fighting against overweight, lack of large amounts of sugars in avocado - a big plus, but when you consider even his other dietary quality, even relatively large (for fruit) the fat content of up to 30%, does not prevent the choice avocados as a useful and tasty dietary supplements. However, the bulk of the fat present in the avocado, belongs to the category of useful easily digestible monounsaturated.
from South America, Europeans first discovered the green fruit of the Spaniards, and they gave him a strange name - avocado, almost distort the local name
. In the translation, according to one version, it means "forest oil" and on the second there is a rather piquant hint of similarity of the fruit with one important part of the male body.
The healing properties of avocado
Avocados not only looks original, has a delicate, with incomparable taste, but also has a unique nutritional value. The Indians began to cultivate the fruit in ancient times - a delicious, fatty and nutritious fruit is an important part of their daily food. And in these days of avocado (plus tortillas from corn) are the basis of the diet of the poorest in Central America.
But avocados are not just food, this is a valuable therapeutic and prophylactic. As already noted, avocados are rich in fat, in addition, contain up to 4% proteins, a wide range of vitamins (A, C, B1, B2, B6, B9, E, K, PP), a wide range of macro- and micronutrients so on law can be considered an excellent tonic Vitamins and recommended for use after serious illness. But that's not all, we find in avocados are rare, valuable and important matter for us as lutein - a necessary retinal antioxidant glutathione - prophylactic against cataracts, multiple sclerosis, cancer and diseases of the cardiovascular system. The avocado fruit contains large amounts of oleic acid, which is of great importance in the prevention of breast cancer.
Mineral composition: potassium (278-604 mg / 100 g), sodium (2 -4 mg / 100 g), calcium (6-19 mg / 100 g), phosphorous (26-80 mg / 100 g), manganese (4 2 mg / 100 g), magnesium (35: 0 mg / 100 g), iron (0 6-1.4 mg / 100 g), chlorine (11 0 mg / 100 g), sulfur (28, 5 mg / 100 g). As you can see, the potassium in avocados is greater than in bananas, which is important for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and due to the significant iron content of avocado is a good protivoanemicheskim means.
Sugars in avocado little, but what ...! Sugar mannoheptulose when the body reduces the total sugar in the blood that can be recommended for clinical nutrition avocado diabetes. In addition, studies of American researchers on mice have shown that mannoheptulose significantly increases the rate of "burning" of fat in the muscles.
Avocados in cosmetics
Saturation avocado vitamins, minerals, trace elements and other substances important for health make it an excellent raw material for making tools home of natural cosmetics. Even
simple facial massage
for 2-3 minutes, flip side skins schischennoy with avocado, make the face shine, freshness returns tired and faded skin.
Face mask with avocado
easy to cook at home.
A simple mashed avocado pulp - is now a universal means of beauty and the perfect base for a variety of masks and creams for the face, body and hair.
- If you have dry skin, combine the mashed avocado pulp with a spoon of honey, add a little cheese.
- If your skin is oily or mixed - add a mask with avocado lemon juice. Apply the mask on the face, after 15 minutes rinse with warm water. The skin is cleaned and simultaneously soften and moisturize!
- Another version of the mask for oily skin - 1 tablespoon rub the pulp of avocado and 2 tablespoons of yogurt or sour. The resulting mass Apply to face and after 15 - 20 minutes wash off with cool water. Mask removes shine, matting the skin. And it whitens slightly.
- For normal and combination skin, mix avocado flesh with yogurt.
- For dry, flaky skin on the basis of avocado can be prepared in an excellent exfoliant mask (peels). To do this, mix mashed avocado with an equal amount of oatmeal, add a warm decoction of chamomile or milk. Apply the mask to damp skin, massaging well and leave for 15 minutes, then wash off with warm water. This mask gently removes dead skin cells without damaging it, while nourishing and moisturizing the skin.
Moisturizing Mask for dry hair
Mix the pulp of avocado with 2 tablespoons lightly heated canola or olive oil. Gently rubbing the mass in the scalp and hair, and put on a shower cap to save heat and moisture. After 15 minutes, the head should be cleaned in the usual manner.
Mask hair conditioner
The flesh of the avocado mix with a teaspoon of olive oil and one egg yolk. Beat until smooth the resulting mass and put on clean damp hair, insulate the head. Half an hour later, thoroughly wash off the mask.
The result of applying mask with avocado - soft, silky, shiny hair!
From the ripe fruit and avocado seed obtained very valuable fatty oil, a bottle of which will not be superfluous to keep their cosmetic kitchen. Avocado oil may be used as a carrier substrate for various essential oils, or a 1: 1 ratio with other vegetable oils (apricot, almond, lavender, sandalwood. Grapeseed oil, etc.). However, avocado oil, it is possible to use and without any additives, as an independent agent for massage, wraps, masks.
Avocado oil, due to high content of vitamins and minerals, moisturizes, nourishes and rejuvenates the skin, and is one of the best tools for the daily care of dry, sensitive, aging or damaged skin of the face, hands and body.
Mask with avocado oil for the face, neck or hands
Cloth impregnated with unrefined avocado oil and apply it on the skin in place. Remove after 20-30 minutes. For best results, such a procedure should be performed 1-2 times per day for 4-5 days.
Recipe of cosmetic oils for a century against the "crow's feet"
A tablespoon of avocado oil is mixed with a tablespoon of olive oil (or grape seed oil), to enrich the resulting mixture is essential oils of fennel, orange and mint (2 drops). Cosmetic oil for eyelid skin is ready! Apply it on the eyelids and the formation of wrinkles area regularly, but little by little, so as not to overload the skin. This will help to maintain the elasticity of eyelid skin and prevent premature aging.
For nutrition and hydration of the skin of the whole body
Dissolve a tablespoon of avocado oil in a mixture of cream, honey and salt and add to the bath water.
Avocado oil can also be applied successfully to
. For this massage is suitable as a pure avocado oil and avocado oil, enriched with essential oils of geranium, fennel, lavender, juniper, cypress (in 2 tbsp. Tablespoons of avocado oil 3 drops each of essential oil). Before starting the massage oil evenly rub between your palms and then rub vigorous massaging the skin in problem areas.
As you can see, beautiful fruit avocado benefits from both inside and outside. And how well he appeared in our kitchen, and today we can enjoy his gentle and refined taste, and enjoy a wonderful homemade cosmetics made with his own hands avocado or on the basis of its oil.
Avocado gives us health and skin beauty and youth!