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An Avocado a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Urban legend says that eating apples will improve one’s health. According to Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP, recent research indicates that this is true at least for avocados.

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Eating half an avocado a day can have vast beneficial health effects by preventing metabolic syndrome and memory loss with aging.

Sturgeon Bay, WI (PRWEB) May 27, 2014

Hippocrates, the father of western healing, stated: “Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.” The last few decades of research show that many foods can be beneficial for health. Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Chiropractor and Naturopath, Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP examines recent research about the benefits of eating avocados in reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood, as well as reducing the risks of stroke, heart disease, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome.

Dieticians worldwide recommend that people eat more fruits and vegetables. They are rich in fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, magnesium, and potassium. They also contain a wealth of phytochemicals that have been shown to support health and potentially reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. Unfortunately, less than 3% of adult men and less than 6% of adult women in the United States eat the minimum number of recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

The benefits of eating avocados and other vegetables were found in a University of Eastern Finland research project led by Francesca Mangialasche. The researchers followed 140 people over 65 years old with no memory impairments at the beginning of the study. During the 8 year study, they discovered that those with higher blood levels of vitamin E had fewer memory problems. Their study was published in the January 7, 2014 issue of Experimental Gerontology titled “Serum levels of Vitamin E Forms and Risk of Cognitive Impairment in a Finnish Cohort of Older Adults”. The authors note that avocados, broccoli, spinach, pumpkin, olive oil, almonds, sunflower seeds, rainbow trout, and shrimp are rich sources of vitamin E.

A more in depth study of the health benefits of avocados was done last year. A research team led by Victor L Fulgoni of Nutrition Impact, LLC in Battle Creek, Michigan studied 17,567 adults of which 347 were regular avocado eaters. Those eating avocados regularly had significantly higher intakes of fruits and vegetables, along with a better quality diet including higher mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, dietary fiber, vitamins E and K, along with magnesium and potassium. Their intakes of sugars were lower, while there were no significant differences in total dietary calories or sodium, the consumption of total grains, whole grains, dairy, meat and beans, or discretionary fats (as oil or solid fat). Body weight, body mass index, and waist circumference were significantly lower, while HDL-C (“good” cholesterol) was higher in those regularly eating avocados. The avocado eaters were 50% less prone to developing metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes or insulin resistance).

The research results were published in the January 2013 issue of Nutrition Journal titled “Avocado Consumption is Associated with Better Diet Quality and Nutrient Intake, and Lower Metabolic Syndrome Risk in US Adults: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001–2008.” The researchers noted that those who ate half of a fresh avocado with lunch were 40% less hungry three hours later and 28% less hungry five hours after lunch. They concluded that avocado eaters had an improved overall diet quality, nutrient intake, and a reduced risk of developing metabolic syndrome.

Eating half an avocado a day can have vast beneficial health effects by preventing metabolic syndrome and memory loss with aging.

Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. uses the latest research findings to provide a comprehensive package of Chiropractic care, decompression traction therapy, active therapeutic movement training, cold laser therapy, and nutrition for the natural care of neurological conditions, neck and back pain, and other health conditions without drugs or surgery. Additional information about Chiropractic, Naturopathy, and other forms of natural health care has been provided by Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. at http://www.all-about-wellness.com.

About: Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP
Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP attended the University of Wisconsin—Superior where he majored in Physics and Mathematics, with a minor in art photography. While attending the University of Minnesota—Minneapolis, he assisted in research on ribosomal proteins. Completing his Chiropractic studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, he graduated Cum Laude (with high honors) in 1983. He started Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1983. In 1996, Dr. Moellendorf was awarded his Doctorate in Naturopathy from Trinity School of Natural Health. In 2001, he received Chiropractic’s most prestigious award, the honorary Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers degree, for his thesis “The Workings of Innate Intelligence in Obsessive/Compulsive and Addictive Behaviors.” This paper was chosen for publishing in the book Philosophic Contemplations vol. 2 in 2002. In June of 2012, Dr. Moellendorf authored his first book titled Healthcare’s Best Kept Secret. Dr. Moellendorf can be contacted by phone (920) 493-2126, fax (920) 743-1145, email jgmoellendorf(at)itol(dot)com, his website at http://www.all-about-wellness.com, or send a carrier pigeon to 44.84722N and 87.36416W.


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