What Is Avocado Extract?

Face cream made with avocado extract.
Many beauty products contain avocado extract.
Avocado extract is a type of oil that is extracted from the avocado fruit.
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Avocado extract is the oil obtained from an avocado through either cold press extraction, which produces thick, green oil; or a heat extraction, which produces clear, yellow oil. The pulp and seed from the fruit is discarded, along with the fiber, but most of the healthy fats, minerals and vitamins are present in the oil. The heat process can degrade some of the nutrients, so extract obtained through a cold press is nutritionally richer.

A number of beauty products use avocado extract, including face creams, masks, cleansers, lotions and hair care products. The rich oil replenishes moisture in dry hair and skin, an attribute that can be especially attractive to people living in dry climates. The vitamin A and glutamine, an amino acid found in avocado extract, is useful for protecting the skin and scrubbing off dead cells. The fact that the oil is easily absorbed makes avocado a good choice for massage lotions and other moisturizers.

Cooking with avocado oil is a tasty and healthy way to reduce cholesterol. Every diet should contain a small daily dose of monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats such as those found in avocados. The fruit also contains beta-sitosterol-red, a cholesterol reducing substance.

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The health supplement industry has begun to include avocado extract products as a result of the high level of nutrients present. The first supplements were introduced in 1983 but were not particularly successful since many consumers developed diarrhea from the dosage. Those early versions have been replaced with sustained release preparations which do not have this rather unpleasant side effect. Avocado extract supplements are available in a variety of forms including oil, capsules, tablets, and powder.

Avocado extract may be an effective weight loss aid as well. The good fats found in avocados actually increase metabolism, the rate at which the body burns calories. Limited studies indicate that avocados reduce the craving for carbohydrates and interact with the pancreas to lower the production of insulin. This lower insulin level reduces the amount of glucose which is stored as fat in the body. While studies regarding these weight loss benefits are very limited, some people who take avocado extract supplements as appetite suppressants report satisfactory results.

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Rundocuri
Post 2

@raynbow- Most health food stores carry avocado extract in a variety of forms. You can also often find it in the vitamin section of your favorite store. However, you may want to try cooking with avocado oil for the healthful benefits it provides.

Raynbow
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I don't like the flavor of avocados, but would like to have the benefits of avocado extract in my diet. Does anyone know where to find this type of supplement?

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