A recent study showed that the husk of an avocado seed is the healthiest part of the fruit as it contains a vast number of key nutrients that show potential in alleviating cancer, heart disease, and other diseases.

As part of the study, a team of researchers at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ground about 300 dried avocado seed husks into 21 ounces of powder. The powder produced three teaspoons of seed husk oil and slightly more than an ounce of seed husk wax following an additional process.

The experts were able to identify 116 compounds in the oil and 16 in the wax. Among the oil’s components included heptacosane, a compound known to mitigate tumor cell growth. The team also found that the oil contained dodecanoic acid, which helped increase good cholesterol levels and reduced the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks and, strokes.

Likewise, the scientists detected traces of docosanol in the husk oil. The compound is the primary ingredient in manufacturing antiviral drugs for the treatment of cold sores or fever blisters. The experts also noted that the wax contained a vast number of compounds such as butylated hydroxytoluene, an antioxidant food additive and preservative commonly used in cosmetics.

Researchers said they will alter several of the natural compounds found in the husk to develop better drugs with fewer side effects.

“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.

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