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This study is the first of its kind and the results it yields are surprising, since the chemical compounds found by scientists "could be used to treat cancer, heart disease and other conditions."
The team found 116 compounds in the oil and 16 in the wax. Many of these compounds do not appear to be found in the seeds themselves.
Debasish Bandyopadhyay, leader of this research; Together with his team, he intends to modify several of these natural compounds so that they can be used to create better drugs with fewer side effects.
The research team found more than 100 compounds extracted from the skin of the avocado seed that cannot even be found in the seed itself and that have incredibly beneficial properties for health and industry. (Debasish Bandyopadhyay / EurekAlert)
The results also suggest that avocado seed peels are a potential source of chemicals used in plastics and other industrial products, it could also be used to enhance the attractiveness of cosmetics, perfumes and other products.
It is a hidden treasure in the avocado
Everyone knows that avocado is a widely used healthy vegetable that contains a comparatively large seed. Until now the seed was considered a waste and by default, the shell also; for this reason they are discarded. But the result of these investigations could change everything.
The project of Dr. Bandyopadhyay and his students Valerie Cano, Orlando Castillo, Daniel Villicana and Thomas Eubanks at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, focuses on the chemical components that can be extracted from the skin of the avocado seed.
Some edible oil manufacturers extract avocado oil from the seeds, but these researchers ground about 300 dried avocado seed skins for their research and obtained 21 ounces of powder. After further processing, the powder produced approximately three teaspoons of oil and a little over an ounce of avocado seed peel wax.
Using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis, the team found 116 compounds in the oil and 16 in the wax. Many of these compounds do not appear to be found in the seeds themselves, ”according to a report by EurekAlert.
Among the components of the oil was behenyl alcohol, also known as docosanol; an important ingredient used in antiviral medications. Heptacosane was also found, which could inhibit the growth of tumor cells; and dodecanoic acid, which increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL) capable of reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.
The researchers presented their work at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society.
According to the Hass Avocado Board, “In total, about 5 million tons of avocados are produced annually around the world. Americans consume almost 862 thousand tons each year, ”according to an article.
In addition, it reports that annually about 15 million metric tons of food are wasted in the United States and 1.6 billion metric tons worldwide.
If it were possible to use these wastes in an appropriate way, it would even be presenting an alternative for the elimination of food waste, one of the biggest environmental problems in the world today.
By Cristian Bazan
The Epoch Times