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Avocados are good medicine for metabolic syndrome

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Researchers have investigated the effects of avocados on various components of metabolic syndrome. Avocados appear to help fight this syndrome.


There is an old saying that food is often your best medicine. When it comes to dealing with the life threatening condition of metabolic syndrome it has been discovered by researchers that avocados may turn out to be very good medicine.

Metabolic syndrome refers to a clustering of risk factors

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Wiley reports on a comprehensive systematic review of the effects of avocado on metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome refers to a clustering of risk factors which includes high blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass index. There is an increased risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease with these risk factors.

The most beneficial effects of avocados are on lipid profiles

It has been reported in the literature that the most beneficial effects of avocados are on lipid profiles. Positive changes are seen in LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, total cholesterol, and phospholipids from eating avocados. It has been demonstrated in several studies that avocados have lipid- lowering, antidiabetic, antihypertensive, anti-obesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects. Avocados are a good source of minerals, carotenoids, phenolics, vitamins, and fatty acids.

This study has been published in the journal Phytotherapy Research.. Metabolic syndrome leads to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases. These rank among the leading causes of death worldwide. The finding that eating avocados helps fight metabolic syndrome is welcomed due to the finding of less undesirable adverse effects than synthetic options. Avocados offer a tasty natural path towards better health.