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Could Guacamole Be The Ultimate Cancer Fighting Food?

While most of us appreciate avocados in the form of good guacamole, many of us are not aware of the many health benefits that this delicious food has to offer. Aside from the avocados themselves, there are many other ingredients that go into the creation of a good organic guacamole recipe. These ingredients offer some surprising benefits for cancer and our overall health.

Organic Avocado
– Contains Lutein (a carotenoid along with Vitamin E), Magnesium, and monounsaturated (healthy) fats. Avocado helps fight cancer of the mouth, breast, and prostate, and improves skin tone. It also improves absorption of nutrients in other foods.

(plant chemicals) are defined as bioactive non-nutrient plant compounds in fruits, vegetables, grains, and other plant foods that have been linked to reducing the risk of major chronic diseases including cancer.

Carotenoids: beta carotene, alpha carotene, zeaxanthin shown to inhibit the growth of prostate, breast and head and neck (oral) cancers.

Vitamin E: is an antioxidant. Its role in cancer prevention is ambiguous due to several conflicting studies. Research suggests that the Vitamin E found in its natural form in foods such as avocados is indeed protective, while synthetic Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol acetate) supplements do not show this protective effect. The Nurses Health Study studied 83,234 women at baseline and sought to assess the incidence of breast cancer during a 14-year follow-up. The study showed that pre-menopausal women with a family history of breast cancer who consumed the highest quantity of vitamin E enjoyed a 43 percent reduction in breast cancer incidence compared to only a 16 percent risk reduction for women without a family history of breast cancer. The data indicates that some of the vitamin E compounds in food may account for the dramatic reductions in breast cancer incidence when dietary intake levels of vitamin E are measured.

Lutein: women with increased intake of lutein in their diets have been shown to have lower rates of breast cancer ( Freudenheim JL, Marshall JR, Vena JE et al: Premenopausal breast cancer risk and intake of vegetables, fruits, and related nutrients. J Natl Cancer Inst 1996; 88(6):340-348. ) Lutein is also found in high quantities in kale, brocolli and spinach.

Glutathione: Glutathione is the body's master antioxidant. When liver glutathione levels rise, the liver is able to more effectively detoxify the body and protect the cells from oxidative stress. Whey protein also increases the glutathioine levels of healthy cells while decreasing the glutathione levels of cancer cells.

Oleic Acid: Avocados are also a source of fiber and oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. Oleic acid helps to lower unhealthy LDL plaque forming cholesterol. Increasing healthy dietary fats. Lowering cholesterol and body fat not only lead to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease but also lead to reduced inflammation and reduced cancer risk.

Oleic acid, the primary fat in avocados has been shown to offer significant protection against breast cancer. Women eating a diet rich in oleic acid have shown decreased rates of breast cancer. Oleic acid is also found in olives, olive oil, walnuts, almonds and pine nuts.

Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Helps reduce asthma and arthritis inflammation, and also aids in reducing blood pressure. It helps to increase metabolism, and is a cancer fighter, particularly of the ovaries and breast.

Organic Cilantro – Contains several antioxidants, and is a natural deodorizer. It relieves nausea, bloating, urinary tract infections, and indigestion. Consumption of cilantro also helps to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and has antibacterial properties that aid in killing salmonella.

Organic Cumin – A natural antioxidant that helps fight cancer of the liver, improves digestion, and strengthens the immune system.

Organic Garlic
– An antioxidant that may lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and helps to cleanse the liver. Garlic has unique benefits whether consumed raw, cooked, or aged. It also contains unique properties that make it an excellent fighter against stomach cancer.

Organic Onion – Onions contain an antioxidant called Quercetin, which is a flavenoid. They also contain Vitamin E, Potassium, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, and Fiber. Onions are known to relieve congestion and allergy symptoms, and help to reduce cholesterol. In addition, they remove heavy metals from the body, and help fight cancer of the lungs, bladder, ovaries, and breast.

Organic Pepper
– Pepper helps fight cancer of the thyroid, stomach, prostate, and intestines. It contains an antioxidant called Capsaicin, which relieves congestion, headaches, allergies, colitis, ulcers, and pain. Eating peppers can aid with blood clotting, cholesterol reduction, and the rate of stroke. Peppers also increase metabolism.

The average avocado contains only 12.5 mg of fat and 235 calories. Avocados should not be considered a fattening food when consumed as part of a healthy meal.

One cup of Avocados also contains as much as 30 percent of your daily fiber intake as well as significant amounts of Vitamin K, Potassium, Folate, and Vitamin B6 all important to normal healthy cell function and cancer prevention.

Adding guacamole or avocados to your diet several times each week will provide a wide variety of nutrients that show compelling cancer fighting properties. As Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, said, "Let your food be your medicine."

How To Shop For Avocados

When shopping, look for avocados that are slightly soft, but without dark sunken spots or cracks. Tree-ripened avocados generally have a better flavor, and you can identify these by their slight neck. California avocados usually have a richer taste than avocados grown in Florida. Be sure that you only purchase avocados that have a dark green skin. If avocados are too light & bright, avoid purchasing them.

Guacamole Recipe

  • 2 ripe, medium Organic Avocados
  • Juice from 1 Organic Lime
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh Organic Cilantro
  • ½ Tsp Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Juice from 1 Organic Lemon
  • ½ Tsp Organic Cumin
  • 2 cloves Organic Garlic
  • ¼ cup finely chopped Organic Onion
  • ¼ Tsp freshly ground Organic Pepper
  • ¼-½ Tsp Finally ground Himalayan Crystal Salt (to taste)

Peel avocados and remove the pit. Dice avocado; mince garlic cloves; chop onion and cilantro. Squeeze your lemon and lime and grind your pepper as needed. Combine all your ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Toss well instead of mixing, to maintain the chunky consistency.


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August 4, 2010


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