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Avocado seed husk may help to treat heart disease, cancer

From lowering cholesterol to aiding weight loss, the potential benefits of avocado consumption have been well documented. A new study, however, suggests that further rewards could be reaped from a part of the fruit that we normally discard: the husk of the seed. Researchers found that avocado seed husks contain a variety of chemical compounds that could help to kill viruses, combat heart problems, and even treat cancer. Study co-author Debasish Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, and colleagues recently reported their findings at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, held in Washington, D.C. Avocados are fast becoming one of the United States' favorite fruits. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, avocado consumption in the country has more than doubled over the past decade, and we are now eating almost four times as many avocados than we were in the mid-1990s. The benefits of avocado Given the many health benefits associated with avocado intake, it is no...

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