Avocado seeds [ pits ] are rich in fatty acids, fiber, carbs, and a small amount of protein,” says Amy Shapiro MS, RD, CDN, a registered dietitian, founder, and director of Real Nutrition. In terms of gut health, avocado seeds are high in fiber; therefore, they can help with overall digestion and bowel regularity, adds Shapiro.
Research also shows that avocado seeds contain about 70 percent of the fruit’s antioxidant properties. “They are also said to contain phytonutrients and antioxidants, including vitamin C, which helps boost immunity and promote skin health. Some countries use avocado seed to lower blood pressure, and when made into flour, it may be helpful in lowering LDL cholesterol due to the high fiber content,” Shapiro says. “Aside from their heart health benefits, avocado seeds are also shown to be antibacterial and antifungal, which can help prevent certain illnesses and infections.”
How to repurpose avocado seeds to get the most benefits: One way to reap the benefits of avocado seeds is to turn them into a flour-like powder. “Avocado seeds are very hard and need to be prepared before they can be consumed. Usually, they need to be dried out in an oven and then pulverized or chopped up. They can also be grated, dried, used as a powder, and/or added to smoothies or beverages.”
Brew avocado pits to make an easy antioxidant tea. To do so, boil the seed for five minutes or until soft, remove it, and slice it into smaller pieces. Then, return to the pot to boil for another 10 minutes, and strain out the seed particles when finished. At this point, though the drink is ready to consume, note that it might have a bitter aftertaste. To mitigate any harsh flavor, you can add raw honey for sweetness or cinnamon for added spice, not to mention anti-inflammatory benefits to boot.