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Could High Cholesterol Affect Fertility?

PregnantA very interesting study has just been published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

It took 401 couples, all aged between 18 and 44, and all were trying for a baby. During the duration of the study, 347 women became pregnant, while 54 did not.

From blood samples taken at the study’s commencement, a clear link was identified between cholesterol and fertility — and not all of those with high cholesterol were overweight or in the older age category. Couples who both had high levels of cholesterol took even longer to conceive, regardless of their weight.

If you are trying to get pregnant, do make sure your diet is packed with cholesterol-lowering fruits, vegetables, fibre and monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil.

The Healthiest Salad in the World!

And one of my absolute favourites!

Not only does salad dressed in olive oil, a few nuts, and some avocado taste wonderful, but it can also help to keep blood pressure low, according to a recent report.

Apparently, when we eat these ingredients a chemical reaction in the stomach creates compounds called ‘nitro fatty acids’ which, in turn, react with an enzyme to lower high blood pressure.

Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the two key ingredients for this chemical reaction to occur are the unsaturated fats found in olive oil, nuts, avocados and oily fish, and compounds called nitrates, which are found in high levels in many salad vegetables.

Fiona Wilkinson, MSc, ND, PhD

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The Health Benefits of Avocado

benefits of avocadoAVOCADOS are rich in folate, vitamin B6 and betacarotene. They also contain monounsaturated fat, which is a good type of fat, so you don’t need to worry about eating them. The health benefits of avocado are endless…

Calorie-wise they average around 300 calories, or 150 for half, so with a salad and slice of whole bread. you have a nice healthy lunch that should keep you going throughout the afternoon.

Rich in potassium, vitamins B and E as well as high in fibre, avocados may help protect against lung cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. They also contain good amounts of fibre, around 11g to 17g per fruit.

Although officially classed as a fruit, avocados are generally treated as a salad vegetable. They are high in fat, however most of this is the heart-friendly monounsaturated variety, or more specifically, oleic acid, an omega-9 fat also found in olive oil. Monounsaturated fat has also been linked to a reduced risk of cancer and diabetes. Those who have difficulty in digesting fats are usually fine with avocados.

An excellent source of vitamin E, avocados are also high in beta-sitosterol, a natural substance which helps lower blood cholesterol levels and protect the prostrate. Vitamin E also helps prevent the oxidation of LDL, or bad cholesterol, and is important for healthy skin. This vitamin has also been shown to help boost fertility in men by protecting the sperm cell membranes from damage by free radicals and increasing sperm motility. For this reason avocados have been traditionally used for erectile dysfunction. Other uses include: constipation, nervousness and insomnia.

The Health Benefits of Avocado include Vitamin B6

the health benefits of avocadoAvocados also contain lutein, a carotenoid with natural antioxidant properties that help keep eyes healthy and also contribute to a healthy skin. One small avocado contains half the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B6 which is essential to the central nervous system function. Low levels of B6 have been linked to depression and chronic fatigue. Anyone taking the contraceptive pill, or antibiotics, would be wise to add avocado to their diet as both these drugs increase the body’s need for vitamin B6.

Avocados are High in Fibre

They are also a good source of fibre – around 11 to 17g per fruit. Rich in potassium with two to three times that of bananas, avocados also contain good amounts of folate, vitamin A as well as beta carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin.

Eating Avocados Reduces Lung Cancer Risk

Foods high in beta-cryptoxanthin protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals and provide a good source of vitamin A. This carotenoid may also reduce the risk of lung cancer according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. The 2004 study found beta-cryptoxanthin reduced lung cancer risk by more than 30 percent in those with diets providing the highest amounts. Studies have also shown beta-cryptoxanthin providing a 41 percent reduction in the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

How to Reap the Health Benefits of Avocado

Avocado is excellent in salads, as a garnish, sandwich-filler or, of course, as guacamole. The small knobbly Haas varieties seem to have a nicer flavour than their smooth Fuerte cousins.

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