Avocado can assist in a holistic cancer treatment. Avocado will not cure cancer alone but in combination with other herbs, juices and therapies, avocado will boost cancer treatment effectiveness.
Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats. One of these fats is oleic acid. Oleic acid helps to lower unhealthy LDL plaque forming cholesterol. Increasing healthy dietary fats. Lowering cholesterol and body fat not only lead to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease but also lead to reduced inflammation and reduced cancer risk. Scientists believe that oleic acid may be able to fight and prevent breast cancer.
Oleic acid, the primary fat in avocados has been shown to offer significant protection against breast cancer. Women eating a diet rich in oleic acid have shown decreased rates of breast cancer. Oleic acid is also found in olives, olive oil, walnuts, almonds and pine nuts.
NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Breast Translational Research Program, found that the oleic acid in olive oil was able to kill cancer cells that had increased amounts of a certain oncogen responsible for about 30% of all breast cancers.
Furthermore, oleic acid was discovered to increased the effectiveness of the cancer treatment Herceptin, and helped to prevent resistance to the drug therapy.
Carotenoids like beta carotene, alpha carotene, zeaxanthin shown to inhibit the growth of prostate, breast and head and neck (oral) cancers.
Avocado also contain Persin which is a fungicidal toxin present in the avocado. It is generally harmless to humans, but when consumed by domestic animals in large quantities it is dangerous. It has been suggested as a treatment for breast cancer.
Avocado Health Benefits
Avocados are an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins, and fiber. Avocados also contain glutathione, an antioxidant involved in cell protection from the noxious effect of excess oxidant stress. Avocados are also rich in the antioxdants lutein and zeaxanthin.
- Avocados helps inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.
- Research of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells.
- It also has carotenoid lutein which protects against macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Avocados aid in digestion because it helps in the absorption of food nutrients.
- Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, a popular natural antioxidant (and skin whitener).
- It is one of the best fruit source of Vitamin E.
- Heart Health: One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.
- Stroke Prevention: The high levels of folate in avocado are also protective against strokes. People who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower risk of stroke than those who don’t.
Avocados Treatment Recommendation
Do not take avocados during the juice fast as they will impede catabolism which is important for holistic cancer treatment. Avocados are perfect for post treatment, after the juice fast.
Add a few slices of avocado in your tossed salad, or mixing some chopped avocado into your favorite salsa will not only add a rich, creamy flavor, but will greatly increase your body’s ability to absorb the health-promoting carotenoids that vegetables provide.
Avocado Research Links
Chemopreventive characteristics of avocado fruit. These studies suggest that individual and combinations of phytochemicals from the avocado fruit may offer an advantageous dietary strategy in cancer prevention.
Inhibition of prostate cancer cell growth by an avocado extract: role of lipid-soluble bioactive substances.
“As far as we know, this is the first study of avocados and oral cancer. We think these phytochemicals either stop the growth of precancerous cells in the body or they kill the precancerous cells without affecting normal cells. Our study focuses on oral cancer, but the findings might have implications for other types of cancer.”
By studying the effects of persin on breast cancer cells grown in the laboratory, the scientists found that it selectively kills the cancerous cells by raising their levels of a ‘killer’ protein.