Your liver is critically important to the health of your bones. It’s your body’s natural filtration system, and when it is not able to adequately remove acidifying toxins and other harmful substances, once bicarbonate reserves are depleted, your pH becomes acidic. To restore the pH balance, alkalizing minerals stored in bone, such as calcium and magnesium, are utilized, weakening your bones.
Today we bring you three delicious desserts that contain a common ingredient: a well-known yet underappreciated fruit rich in essential bone-building nutrients that also support the health of your liver. This food is an excellent detoxifier, just what your body needs after the indulgences of the holidays. If your sweet tooth isn’t quite sated, here’s some good news: today’s three delicious, pH-balanced dessert recipes have exactly what you need… and crave!
Read on to learn about why the ingredient is such a powerful detoxifier, and much more.
The Incredible Avocado
This fruit (yes, it’s actually a fruit!) has been steadily gaining in popularity over the past several years, and no wonder! The avocado is delicious, nutritious and incredibly versatile as a food unto itself or as an ingredient in recipes like the ones we share with you today.
Avocados are rich in a number of Foundation Supplements:
- Vitamin K – This vitamin is a key regulator of osteoclast production, helping to remove old or damaged bone- an essential part of the bone remodeling process.
- Vitamin D – This well-known bone-builder has many benefits and plays a crucial role in preventing falls and fractures.
- Vitamin C – A potent antioxidant and immune strengthener, necessary for the production of collagen, a building block of bone and cartilage.
- Boron – This trace mineral is involved in bone metabolism and Vitamin D activity that reduces the amount of urinary calcium and magnesium excretion, helping you to maintain the nutrients your body needs to build bone.
- Copper – Your body produces collagen and elastin using an enzyme that depends on this underappreciated nutrient.
- Folate (folic acid) – This B vitamin is critical for the metabolism of amino acids to form proteins that support bone production
These alone make avocados an important part of every Saver’s diet, but remarkably this food has even more to offer.
Avocados Improve Liver Function
The avocado both supports liver function and protects it from damage. It does this in a variety of ways.
- Healthy Fats – The avocado’s healthy fats, including Omega 3 fatty acids, improve cholesterol profiles by lowering LDL and raising HDL. This helps to prevent fatty liver disease, and keep the liver functioning smoothly.1
- Glutathione – Avocados contain glutathione, also known as the Master Antioxidant. This powerful compound plays an important role in a large number of biological functions, including protecting your bones from oxidative damage. It also filters harmful substances from the liver, protecting it from damage. (Sufferers of liver damage are found to have low glutathione levels.)2
- Vitamins – The Vitamin C and E present in avocados work to rein in liver cell destroying free radicals.2
- Anti-inflammation – Avocados are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a bone-killer– hampering the bone-building process and exposing your bones to harmful immune reactions — and the liver is likewise negatively impacted by general inflammation.1
- Taurine – Avocados are rich in an amino acid called taurine that detoxifies the liver while facilitating the body’s use of potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium. It’s a double-whammy of bone building power.
Reading the above list, you were probably struck by the many far-reaching benefits of the avocado, from immune support, cardiovascular benefits, to the neurological and bone health protection offered by glutathione.3 It’s no surprise that many consider avocado a superfood!
Other Benefits Of The Avocado
As mentioned earlier, avocados contain Omega 3 fatty acids that increase calcium absorption and deposition. These bumpy-skinned wonders are also chock full of potent antioxidant carotenoids including lutein, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene. (You might have thought carotenoids were only found in orange and red veggies like carrots!)
With so much to offer, avocados are worth working into your meals on a regular basis. You’re probably thinking salads, smoothies, sandwiches, etc., and those are all great uses for this fruit. But our three new recipes are going to crack the avocado wide open, helping you to turn even your most indulgent moments into a pH-balanced bliss.
- 2/3 cup 100% cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup hot almond milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup honey (adjust to taste)
- Stevia equivalent to 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 medium avocados, mashed
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 3/8 cup water
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and oil a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
- Place the cocoa powder in a small bowl and pour the hot almond milk and vanilla extract on it. Whisk until it becomes a runny paste.
- Use a large bowl to sift the almond flour and baking soda.
- Use a blender of food processor to mix the honey, stevia, and avocados until mixture becomes smooth.
- Add the chocolate mixture to the blender and process until well-combined.
- Whisk the eggs and add them to the blender, pulsing a few times to mix in.
- Whisk the 6 tablespoons of water with the flaxseed until it turns into a gelatin, add to the blender mixture, and process until blended.
- Fold the blended mixture into the bowl containing the almond flour, adding the slivered almonds.
- Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a fork comes out clean.Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before removing from the pan.
Cinnamon Banana Bread
- 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats (1 minute or regular)
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 large avocado
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup honey
- Stevia equivalent to 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 3/8 cup water
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- Line a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan with parchment paper and use oil to lightly grease the bottom.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a bowl combine the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
- Mash the avocado lightly in a large bowl. Add coconut oil, honey, and stevia to the avocado, and use an electric mixer to cream.
- Add one egg at a time, beating well after each one.
- Mix in the bananas and pecans to the oats and flour mixture.
- Stir in the yogurt and beat until it is well mixed.
- Pour the oat mixture into the large bowl containing the avocado and eggs.
- Pour entire contents of bowl into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Check after that time and bake a little longer if you prefer a drier bread.
Chocolate Avocado Truffles
- ½ cup dates
- ¼ cup 100% cocoa powder
- ¼ cup almond milk or coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1 large avocado
- Vanilla or chocolate whey protein to sprinkle
- Line a medium-sized baking tray with parchment paper.
- Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until creamy and well blended, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Use a spoon to form small truffles and place on the baking tray.
- Sprinkle with whey protein and refrigerate for an hour before serving.
Enjoy these dishes without guilt, knowing that you’re rejuvenating your liver and providing your bones with essential nutrients they need to thrive. If you’re seeking more ways to detoxify after the holiday season, you can learn about OsteoCleanse™, The 7 Day Bone Building Accelerator. Isn’t it a great way to kick off the new year, knowing that you’ll maximize bone building?
Till next time,
1 Mohammad Yasir, Sattwik Das, and M. D. Kharya. ”The phytochemical and pharmacological profile of Persea americana Mill.” Pharmacogn Rev. 2010 Jan-Jun; 4(7): 77–84. Web: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249906/#!po=73.5294
2 Kawagishi H, Fukumoto Y, Hatakeyama M, He P, Arimoto H, Matsuzawa T, et al.” Liver injury suppressing compounds from avocado (Persea americana)” J Agric Food Chem. 2001;49:2215–21.
3 Zhou WW, et al. “Decreasing oxidative stress and neuroinflammation with a multifunctional peptide rescues memory deficits in mice with Alzheimer disease.” Free Radic Biol Med. 2014 Sep;74:50-63. Web: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24960578