We have long known that health benefits of eating avocados are plenty. A new study now suggests one more benefit of this fruit you probably weren’t aware of. Besides treating serious medical conditions, the medicinal properties of this humble stone fruit, especially in the avocado seed husks, could be used to create consumer goods, suggests the study.
Avocado Seed Husks-Most Beneficial
Dr Debasish Bandyopadhyay and his team at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley actually have discovered medicinal compounds in a part of avocados that we normally throw away: the avocado seed husks.
The husk of the avocado seed, which is the skin around that giant seed in the middle, is jam–packed with a lot of therapeutic properties that could kill viruses, combat cardiac problems, and even treat cancer. What’s more, these medicinal properties of avocado seed husks could be used in medications to help treat some chronic illnesses.
“It could very well be that avocado seed husks, which most people consider as the waste of wastes, are actually the gem of gems because the medicinal compounds within them could eventually be used to treat cancer, heart disease and other conditions,” affirmed Dr Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg.
The researchers reached their findings after grinding up over 300 dried avocado seed husks and processing them into three teaspoons of oil and slightly more than one teaspoon of seed husk wax.
Using chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis, the research team detected the chemical compounds present in the avocado seed husk oil and wax, finding 116 and 16 compounds in the oil and the wax, respectively.
Surprisingly, many of those compounds did not appear to be found in the avocado seed itself.
The study also showed that the chemical compounds from the avocado seed husks could be used in industrial products too. In other words, the components present in the avocado seed husk are not only helpful for our health, but also for developing new, safer medications with fewer side effects as well as enhancing the allure of cosmetics and other consumer goods.
“Our results also suggest that the seed husks are a potential source of chemicals used in plastics and other industrial products,” said Dr. Bandyopadhyay.
Dr. Bandyopadhyay and his research team reported their findings at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, recently held in Washington, D.C.