DON’T TRASH AVOCADO SEEDS: They’re An Antioxidant-Filled Superfood

By Danielle Kerendian –  Integrative Nutrition

Unless you are living under a rock, by now you know the superfood superpowers of avocados.

After cutting open a perfectly ripe avocado and scooping out the delicious flesh, what do you typically do with the seed?

Most people do not know that avocado seeds are edible as well. According to a study published in Food Chemistry, the seeds showed a “much higher antioxidant activity and phenolic content than the edible portions.”

Here are 5 benefits of eating avocado seeds that’ll make you think twice the next time you move to throw them away:


Did you know that 70% of the antioxidants in avocados are found in the seeds? The seeds contain flavonol, a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent and reduce tumor growth. A 2013 study published in Pharmaceutical Biology found avocado extract from the flesh caused leukemia cells to self-destruct.

Move over berries, there’s a new superfruit in town!


 For centuries, avocado seeds have been used in South America to treat GI tract issues, including gastric ulcers, constipation, and diarrhea. These anti-inflammatory seeds contain more soluble fibers than most other foods on our planet! This superfruit is also sure to keep you full and help control blood sugar levels, so you are not reaching for a Kit Kat amidst a 3 pm slump!


Avocados are an excellent source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and thanks to their amino acid and dietary fiber content, the seeds can help lower cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular issues such as the formation of plaque, which can lead to strokes and heart attack

Dr. Tom Wu, who has earned the “World Famous Doctor” award from the United Nations for his breakthroughs with diabetes and cancer, says he always eats the seed and recommends heart disease patients do the same. “This soluble fiber binds to the fat and excess cholesterol. Then we can lower cholesterol and improve heart function naturally. Soluble fiber is tough to get in our diet. Oatmeal has some, but it cannot compare with the avocado seed.”

We heart avocados!


With flu season fast approaching, it is important to know that avocado seeds are the perfect immune boosters, helping keep free radicals at bay and preventing bacterial, viral and fungal infections!


The potent antioxidants in avocado seeds have been shown to slow down the aging process by rebuilding collagen, repairing cell damage and improving the look and feel of your skin. In fact, you can even add avocado seed extract to your facial scrubs as a natural exfoliant!

Some Videos To Get You Started

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At Integrative Nutrition, we love us some avocados! The simplest way to incorporate avocado seeds into your daily diet is to grind them into a powder and add to sauces, dressings, or smoothies. To avoid damaging your blender or food processor (and for a great workout!), place the dry seed in a bag and crush it with a hammer first. Who said healthy food can’t be fun?

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  • Jodie E Druce

    In the first video, she used soy milk! David Wolfe,why did you choose to show this video?
    As far as I know soy milk is not fermented and therefore a hazard to your hormones.

    • Jodie E Druce

      Yes it is odd not to have a link to the study and it would be wise to do further research on avocado seeds if you’re main attraction to the article was the statement of the cancer cure. But it’s not in the title so it’s not the selling point of the article. I think the point was that you can eat something that typically gets thrown away and there may be some benefits for doing it.
      On a side note … conventional medicine doesn’t offer you any real chance of cancer survival, and I reckon it’s best to forgo it at all costs. So since there’s no harm in trying avocado pits (it won’t kill you like chemo) cancer patients should be willing to try anything cheap and natural. Many people have cured their cancers by all sorts of means. Some have used frankincense oil, some have simply reduced stress taken up yoga, meditation or learned to laugh more. Other’s have found their answers in apricot seeds, so avocado seeds doesn’t sound like too much of a stretch.

    • Connie Skelley

      soy milk ruined this……any other milk, please!

  • Denzel Foad

    This is a very interesting article, never knew the many uses of the avocado seed, have grown them into plants firva long time now but never eaten them.Will try these recipes now. By the way us from good old Blighty will find it funny to hear it called an avocado pit when we’d say pip or seed.

  • Atlanta Girl

    Viddys won’t load for me. Would it be better to dry them first or soak them? I eat at least 4 a week!

    • jesseherman

      Dry them.

  • Shawnie

    eating an avocado nut – interesting… I am sensitive – as in – get a rash when i eat nuts/seeds. Is this in the same category?

  • VoiceofReason14

    Why is the article about the seed, but the study sited is about the skin? “A 2013 study published in Pharmaceutical Biology found avocado extract from the flesh caused leukemia cells to self-destruct”