Get Glowing Skin with the 'Fruit of Kings'

Avocado Head by M. Patrizio
By Danica Collins for Healing Gourmet 
The Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas were far ahead of the rest of the world regarding the health and nutritional benefits of avocados. It's believed that avocados have been cultivated in Central and South America for more than 7,000 years. In fact, these cultures revered this food so much that it was even called the "Fruit of Kings."   

Thanks to nutritional science, we now know that avocados are one of the healthiest foods we can consume. But what many people don't know is just how good they are for your skin.

Thanks to recent discoveries of its incredible moisturizing and restorative properties, the anti-aging community has climbed on the pro-avocado bandwagon.

The oil and fruit of avocado is being added to everything from lipstick to moisturizers and sunscreen. And for good reason. It's safer than synthetic additives, biodegradable, and well tolerated by even those with sensitive skin. 
Avocados are a nourishing source of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E-tocopherol (the best version of vitamin E for your body), vitamin K, copper, folate, dietary fiber, and healthy monounsaturated fats. 

They are also abundant in glutathione, which is often called the "master antioxidant" and performs much like vitamin E - attracting and cleaning up free radicals in your system.  Scientists have linked glutathione deficiency to both cancer and heart disease. 

The following are five primary benefits of avocado for your skin:

1.    Hydrates skin deeply without clogging pores or leaving skin feeling oily.
2.    Reduces the appearance of brown "age" spots.
3.    Minimizes the appearance of scars.
4.    Gently aids in the treatment of acne, eczema and psoriasis.
5.    Naturally increases collagen production in your skin.

In The Avocado and Human Nutrition, author Bob Bergh writes that avocado oil is one of the most effective sunscreens since human skin absorbs it deeply, allowing it to seal in hydration while protecting the surface from UV damage.

The naturally anti-inflammatory pulp can also help if you've gotten too much sun or live in a harsh climate. Applying an inexpensive avocado mask in the comfort of your home will leave you feeling as if you've splurged on a spa day! 

How to Make an Easy Avocado Face Mask
- Peel and pit one avocado - scrape all the antioxidant-rich pulp from the skin.
- Puree the fruit (adding a tablespoon of plain yogurt provides a smoother texture).
- Gently smooth on your face and leave for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with cool water and pat skin dry. 

The Underground Health Reporter website was designed as a daily destination for little-known, cutting-edge -- and sometimes unconventional -- information that can revolutionize people's health... or even save lives. Danica Collins is the managing editor and natural health specialist for Underground Health Reporter, reporting on cutting-edge, anti-aging technologies and some of the best-kept health secrets in the world.tktk


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.