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Research you can use
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Let’s talk about carotenoids—beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene. These antioxidant plant compounds have many researched health benefits (from eye to brain to immune health) and are found in a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Carotenoids are fat soluble, making them the perfect match for good-fat foods, like fresh avocado. Read on for our favorite pairings and the scientific evidence that demonstrates their health benefits.
 
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Avocados, Lutein and Older Adults
Not only do carotenoids pair well with avocados, avocados contain a few themselves, including lutein. In fact, avocados contain the highest amount of lutein among commonly consumed fruits.1 Recent research investigates lutein’s role in cognition and macular pigment density, which is often associated with improved memory and cognition.
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Food for Thought with Avocado Goodness Expert Danielle Omar
One thing that’s always on the mind of my clients is brain health. As the 40s sneak up on you, so does the realization that your memory is not what it once was. Keeping cognitive health in mind is a serious consideration as we age. Luckily, there are foods we can eat that may maintain, or even improve, cognitive memory and function.
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1. Heber et al. J Agric Food Chem. 2009 Nov 11; 57(21): 10408–10413.