What’s New and Beneficial About Avocados
Many of our WHFoods provide you with carotenoids (類胡蘿蔔素). These orange-yellow pigments offer you outstanding health benefits—but only if they are absorbed up into your cells. Intake of fat along with carotenoids greatly helps to improve their absorption. However, many of our best foods for obtaining carotenoids—for example, sweet potatoes, carrots, and leafy greens—contain very little fat (less than 1 gram per serving). As a special step for improving carotenoid absorption from carotenoid-rich foods, researchers have experimented with the addition of avocado to meal choices including salads, side servings of leafy greens, side servings of carrots, or tomato sauce. The amount of avocado added has varied from study to study but averages approximately 1 cup or 1 small/medium avocado providing 20-25 grams of total fat. As expected, this added avocado has been shown to increase carotenoid absorption from all of the foods listed above. Anywhere from two to six times as much absorption was found to occur with the added avocado! But in addition to this increased absorption was a much less anticipated result in a recent study: not only did avocado improve carotenoid absorption, but it also improved conversion of specific carotenoids (most importantly, beta-carotene) into active vitamin A. (This unexpected health benefit of increased conversion was determined by the measurement of retinyl esters (視黃基酯) in the bloodstream of participants, which were found to increase after consumption of carrots or tomato sauce in combination with avocado.) ……….
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Carotenoid – Carotenoids, also called tetraterpenoids, are organic pigments that are found in the chloroplasts and chromoplasts of plants and some other photosynthetic organisms, including some bacteria and some fungi. Carotenoids can be produced from fats and other basic organic metabolic building blocks by all these organisms. The only animals known to produce carotenoids are aphids and spider mites, which acquired the ability and genes from fungi. Carotenoids from the diet are stored in the fatty tissues of animals, and exclusively carnivorous animals obtain the compounds from animal fat….
類胡蘿蔔素 – 是一類有機色素，被發現存在於植物的葉綠體或者有色體、一些行光合作用的藻類，某些類型的細菌和真菌含有類胡蘿蔔素。胡蘿蔔素屬於四萜烯有機分子色素。動物不能製造類胡蘿蔔素（雖然已知一種蚜蟲獲得了合成胡蘿蔔素——紅酵母烯(torulene)的能力，因為該蚜蟲體內具有產生「紅酵母烯去飽和酶」的基因，源自真菌的基因水平轉移）。動物從其攝食中獲得類胡蘿蔔素，在動物新陳代謝時有不同途徑。…..
Retinyl esters 視黃基酯
One of the storage forms of retinols that can carry retinol-binding protein (RBP) from the liver to destination points throughout the body.
Retinol (Vitamin A1) is one of the animal forms of vitamin A. It is a diterpenoid and an alcohol. It is convertible to other forms of vitamin A, and the retinyl ester derivative of the alcohol serves as the storage form of the vitamin in animals…..
維生素A （英語：Retinol） 又稱為視黃醇是維生素A的動物形式之一，它是一個二萜和醇的結構，它可以轉換為其他形式的維生素A，並且以醇的衍生物視黃酯充當動物中維生素的儲存形式。…..
Health benefits associated with drinking avocado smoothies:
Good for Eyes
Healthy Fat : Consisting monounsaturated fats helps keeping hair, nails and skin fresh and soft.
Good for Digestion : Its quicker absorption of nutrients helps improving the process of digestion.
Reduce Weight : Drinking avocado banana smoothie at morning will get you feel fresh and lively for several hours, so that you won’t feel hungry!
Why Are Avocados So Awesome?