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Alternative Names

Abokado, Aguacate, Ahuacate, Alligator Pear, Avocat, Avocato, Beurre du Marin, Palto, Poire Alligator

Scientific Name

Persea Americana

Why Do People Use Avocado?

Oral preparations of Persea Americana (Avocado), like avocado powder, are used as aphrodisiac, to stimulate menstrual flow and to reduce serum cholesterol levels. The leaves, seeds and bark part of avocado are used to treat diarrhea and dysentery. Unsaponifiable fractions of the oil are utilized to treat osteoarthritis. Topically - Avocado oil is topically applied to heal and soothe skin, pyorrhea, treat sclerosis of the skin and arthritis. Combination of vitamin B12 and avocado oil is applied to the skin for psoriasis. On the other hand, topical applications of fruit pulp are used to speed up wound healing and to promote hair growth. The leaves, seeds and bark are used for toothache treatments. For Food Purpose - Avocado fruit is edible.

Is It Safe To Use?

Likely Safe - Oral consumption of avocado is safe when fruits part is consumed in amounts commonly found in food items. However unsaponifiable fractions of avocado oil can be consumed orally and for appropriate time period in medicinal preparations. Unsaponifiable fractions of avocado oil seems to be nontoxic when used for up to consecutive six months. Combination of vitamin B12 and avocado oil can be applied to the skin for psoriasis, which seems to be safe when used for up to 12 weeks. To rate the safety level of avocado for other purposes, there is scarce and insufficient information available. During Pregnancy & Lactation - About the topical or oral safety of avocado there is scarce and unreliable information available, especially if it is used in medicinal amounts.

How Effective Is Avocado?

Avocado thought to be possibly effective in following conditions/diseases: Hypercholesterolemia - An avocado-enriched diet high in monounsaturated fatty acids appears to decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, reduce the total serum cholesterol and apolipoprotein B as well. It may also enhance the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) serum cholesterol levels in some individuals. Osteoarthritis - Oral consumption of soybean oils and unsaponifiable fractions of avocado seems to enhance the pain and overall disability. It also appears to be more productive for hip osteoarthritis as compared to knee osteoarthritis. To rate the safety of avocado, there is insufficient and unreliable evidence available: Psoriasis - Initial experiments suggest that specific cream containing the combination of vitamin B12 (Regividerm, Regeneratio Pharma AG, Wuppertal, Germany) and avocado oil can lessen the possibilities of psoriasis after 12 weeks of therapy session. Such particular combination of avocado cream also result in less irritation as compared to calcipotriol. However, more evidences are required to rate the safety of avocado for this particular usage.

How Avocado Works?

The most effective parts of Persea Americana are the leaves, fruit and seed. Among fruits, avocado consist of more fiber and protein than the most. It also include phosphorous, manganese, potassium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, Beta-carotene, nicotinic acid, riboflavin and folate. It is comparatively low in simple sugars and sodium. There is large amount of oil in avocado, which is 15-30 g per 100 g fresh fruit that is mainly monounsaturated. It is a major source of linoleic acid. It has high amount of fiber, which may be responsible for its cholesterol-lowering effects. Unsaponifiable fractions of soybean oils and avocado may reduce the joint space loss in patients suffering from osteoarthritis who have advanced joint space narrowing of the hip. Initial studies confirm that this specific combination can promote cartilage repair in osteoarthritic chondrocytes and inhibit cartilage degradation.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Avocado?

Orally - Individuals sensitive to latex may develop sensitivity to avocado. Topical consumption of avocado oil along vitamin B12 cream can lead to itching issues, particularly when applied initially but seems to reduce this effects with continuous use.

How Avocado Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Not known.

How Avocado Interacts With Drugs?

Warfarin (Coumadin) - Interaction rating between avocado and warfarin (Coumadin) is moderate, so be careful about this combination. Avocado may antagonize the anticoagulant impact of warfarin but there has been only one case report of this interaction.

How Avocado Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Avocado Interacts With Lab Tests?

Cholesterol - Avocado can reduce the level of apolipoprotein B, LDL cholesterol, serum total cholesterol concentrations and test results. Such patients should increase the dosage of avocado to increase serum HDL cholesterol concentrations and related test results.

How Avocado Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Latex Allergy - Individuals suffering from allergic to latex should stop using or avoid oral consumption of avocado powder because of the potential cross hypersensitivity between avocado and latex.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Avocado?

ORAL In order to reduce the cholesterol level, avocado should be orally consumed with restriction of fat. For osteoarthritis treatment, daily usage of 300 mg (mixture of two-thirds soybean unsaponifiables and one-third avocado) should be adopted. TOPICALLY Avocado is topically used for psoriasis treatment. For this purpose, a specific cream (Regividerm, Regeneratio Pharma AG, Wuppertal, Germany), which further contain vitamin B12 0.7 mg/gram plus avocado oil, is applied to the skin for 12 weeks two times every day.



General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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