Avocado leaf Oil

Avocado leaf

What is Avocado leaf Oil ?

Avocado (Persea Americana) is native to Central part of Mexico. Jamaicans name it as "pear" or "alligator pear," and they eat it with almost every meal. However, it is very appetizing when consumed with bread, rice, dumplings besides Jamaican bulla cakes. The trees are in every garden and open fields. The skin of the fruit is either dark-brown or green and is also called Abukabo or Aukate.

Properties

Everyone loves to consume avocado fruit, but very few people know that avocado leaves have a lot of benefits as well.  Fresh leaves are long, slim and dark green. They have a common central vein that is colored and runs across the middle of the leaf. Dried avocado leaves look like large leaves of a bay tree. An avocado tree grows to a height of about 20 feet tall with a width of 4-8 feet as determined by the person cultivating the plant.

Precautions

  • It is verified that when lactating, livestock feed on avocado leaves. They may contaminate a painful infection of lactation failure and breast tissue. Identically, same results have been established in the mammary glands of breastfeeding mice fed on a diet of a freeze-dried avocado leaf.
Although there has been not much conclusive information on its side effects on humans, it is right to skip the avocado leaf if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.

Benefits

Avocado leaf package of nutrients includes:

Fiber and Protein

The leaves are rich in fiber and proteins than the seed or fruit. The leave has 38.40g fiber and 25.54g protein while the fruit contains 2.06g and 1.60g of fiber and protein respectively. Proteins help in maintaining, building and repairing body tissues.  Fiber reduces the intake of food and its deficiency leads to constipation. Avocado leaves contain a right amount of phosphorous, calcium, potassium, zinc, iron, manganese, magnesium and sodium. Taking much of potassium prevents hypertension. Calcium offers support to the hardness and structure of teeth, bones, and blood circulation. The leaves have chemicals that are healthier like phenols and flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants that reduce cancer, diabetes, clotting, and inflammations. Phenols hinder oxidative ruin of biomolecules such as lipids, DNA, and proteins.

Culinary Benefits

Usually, culinary leaves of an avocado plant are picked from the local Mexican varieties of avocado as there is an argument on the level of toxins found in the Guatemalan species.
  • Fresh leaves of avocado are useful in providing a bed for roasting meats.
  • The leaves act as a wrapper to impart flavor to grilled or steamed fish.
  • Dried avocado leaves add tons of flavor to beans, mole sauces, stews, and soups.

Nutritional Value

Protect the body from degenerative disease

Avocado leaves contain a unique compound called flavonol that offers protection to the body against degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis.

Inhibit the growth of bacteria

Substances such as pipene found in avocado leaves hinder the growth of bacteria in the body. This action prevents infections caused by these microorganisms.

Act as a diuretic

Quercetin is a component of avocado leaves that act as a diuretic agent. It is useful in urination for the removal of waste metabolic products.

Stabilize the blood pressure

Avocado leaves have a natural cure called limonene that stabilizes the blood pressure thus preventing issues of hypertension.

Help to treat the kidney stone

Saponins, flavonoids, and alkaloids are components that break down the kidney stone and improve its function. These substances are readily available in avocado leaves.

Aid in weight loss

Weight loss is an excellent benefit of avocado leaves. It is facilitated by limonene that serves as an appetite suppressant to control food intake.

Reduce asthma attack

As a product of avocado leaves, pipene reduces asthma attacks. This component comprises of a bronchodilator effect that slows down inflammation and speeds up the flow of air to the lungs.

Help to cure a headache

Both pinene and quercetin compounds cure a headache. They achieve this by preventing pain to the brain.

Help to prevent cancer

Limonene and pinene are both nutrients that limit cancer illness. They prevent cancer cells from multiplying and act as chemoprotective agents.

Side Effects

  • Note that there are questions about the toxicity of avocado leaves. Some suggestions indicate that a variety of avocado plant species produce poisonous effects. For instance, experts claim that the Guatemalan avocado tree produces toxic leaves, but Mexican species is safe.