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Avocado really is a superfood that can combat metabolic syndrome

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The fruit’s biggest impact is on lipids, or fats, and can alter levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and phospholipids.

In a review of the studies already carried out on the fruit, researchers say there’s strong evidence to suggest that avocados have all the ingredients to counter the symptoms of metabolic syndrome.

The fruit is lipid-lowering, antihypertensive (combats high blood pressure), anti-diabetic, anti-obesity, anti-thrombotic, anti-atherosclerotic (hardening of the arteries), and cardioprotective.

However, it’s the whole fruit that has all these effects, and that includes the peel, seed, flesh and leaves.

(Source: Phytotherapy Research, 2017; doi: 10.1002/ptr.5805)

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