Home > Natural Health Updated 03 March 2014 5 surprising benefits of avocado Avocados aren't only tasty, they're good for you too. Here are five reasons why it's good to get your guacamole on! 0 Related Avocados 5 facts about avocados Your 'winter salad' Assess Ask the natural health expert » Learn Natural therapies to try » Quiz Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Test yourself: How flexible are you? » A quick guide to The Atkins Diet This medicinal plant that only grows in the Western Cape could replace antibiotics one day You've been told to stay away from avocado because it's high in fat and calories, but this fruit is packed with nutrients and can benefit your health in more ways than you may be aware of.Here are a few interesting health facts about avocado:1. A cure for bad breath Bad breath can have many causes but if your morning mouth is a result of a deficiency in your good intestinal flora, avocados can be the remedy! It cleanses the intestine, and serves as a natural mouthwash.2. A good skin care treatmentThis rich and creamy fruit is filled with healthy fats and phytonutrients which offer impressive benefits for the skin. Avocado contains vitamin E which has the ability to remedy scars and acne. Vitamin E also speeds up cell regeneration, making it a good natural anti-ageing product.Whether you eat it or smear it on your face, avocado oil can have a "fruitful" effect on your skin.3. Good for the eyesAvocado is an excellent source of the carotenoid lutein, which protects against macular degeneration and the formation of cataracts. 4. Protects against cancerThe carotenoids and lutein found in avocados have the ability to stop the growth of prostate and breast cancer. The oleic acid content can also lower your cancer risk.5. Good for heart and blood pressureWhile avocados are high in fat, these fats are good for you, as they assist in heart health and help to lower blood pressure. The vitamin B6 and folic acid content in avocado is also good for the heart.Read more:Facts about avocadosAvocados a good diet foodHomemade beauty treatments Health24 NEXT ON HEALTH24X SEE: 7 of the world's most famous TB patients 2017-03-24 13:04 More: Natural Health advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors K Naomi takes a stand and shows women how to fight back WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Live healthier Are you sure? » Aid your digestion What are digestive disorders? Are you really constipated? Many people think that if they do not have two or more bowel movements every single day of their lives they are constipated. This is patently not true, writes DietDoc. True of False? » SEE: How anaphylactic shock affects your body Stop believing these 10 allergy myths Do you still believe that hay fever is caused by hay? Or that food allergies are really common? No, and no again. We bust 10 myths about allergies.