L-Arginine has been clinically proven to increase vasodilation, or widen the arteries, thus improving blood flow throughout the body. Avocados have also been clinically proven to do everything from help lower blood pressure to help with weight loss.

But, a new study has emerged showing just how beneficial avocados can be for your heart health…

Researchers found that avocado seed husks contain a variety of chemical compounds that could help to kill viruses, combat heart problems, and even treat cancer.

Now, most of the studies conducted on avocados have been researched in association with the inside of the avocado. You know, the part you put on salads and into guacamole.

But this new study is suggesting that grinding down the core fo the avocado could be far more beneficial for your heart health.

Some compounds of particular interest in the seed husk oil were behenyl alcohol, dodecanoic acid, and heptacosane. Behenyl alcohol is used in antiviral medication, dodecanoic acid is known to boost “good” cholesterol, and heptacosane has shown promise for killing tumors.

Additionally, the team identified compounds in avocado seed husk wax that are used as food additives – such as butylated hydroxytoluene – and in cosmetic products, including bis(2-butoxyethyl) phthalate.

Avocados and Your Heart Health

Add a bit of avocado to a sandwich or spinach salad to up the amount of heart-healthy fats in your diet. Packed with monounsaturated fat, avocados can help lower LDL levels while raising the amount of HDL cholesterol in your body.

Don’t go crazy with avocados, but in moderation, these fruits (yes, they are a fruit) will help to lower cholesterol and improve heart health.

So, the next time you cut into an avocado, consider not tossing out the core seed…