Add avocado to diet to keep skin healthy

  • IANS, Washington
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  • Updated: Jul 16, 2014 19:03 IST

Pesky pimples and annoying acne just before you head out for a big event are more than just a reason for you to use a concealer. Your skin reflects your internal well-being, so, if you are breaking out ­regularly in the same spots, here is some help. We list the common breakout zones on the face and what your zits are trying to tell you.' (Text: Arpita Kala)
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This zone is the hotspot for hormonal acne. So, get a checkup for imbalances and eat Omega 3 rich food such as salmon, walnuts etc. Avoid eating heavy, greasy food and snacking before bedtime.


A fresh avocado when added to a tomato sauce or raw carrot meal promotes conversion of provitamin A (inactive vitamin form) to vitamin A (active vitamin form), says a study. Vitamin A is involved in reproductive health and growth promotion; helps support healthy skin, immune function, and vision; and has antioxidant properties.

For the study, researchers investigated if avocados could help the body better use and absorb vitamin A from carotene-rich foods when eaten together.

"Pairing certain foods together is more than just about taste - specific foods eaten together can help your body utilise the benefits more effectively. We know that avocado consumers are interested in foods that act like a 'nutrient booster'," said Nikki Ford from Hass Avocado Board in the US. The research was based on two randomised, two-way crossover feeding studies in 12 healthy men and women.

Compared to a tomato sauce meal without avocado, the addition of one avocado (150 g), more than quadrupled (4.6 times) the conversion of provitamin A to vitamin A. Similarly, the researchers found that compared to a raw carrot meal without avocado, the addition of one avocado significantly increased (12.6 times) the conversion of provitamin A  to vitamin A.

"Avocados are a nutrient dense, cholesterol-free fruit with naturally good fats, and are a delicious and easy way to add more fruits and vegetables to everyday healthy eating plans," Ford added.

The findings were published in The Journal of Nutrition.

 

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