Avocado seeds: Next treatment for chronic inflammation?
Food scientists may have discovereda potential source for a newanti-inflammatory compound—in the seeds of avocados.Pennsylvaniaresearchers developed an extract from the seeds that showsevidence of anti-inflammatory activity.Although the extract was originally developed as a food colorant, recent tests indicated the presence of compounds that produce important pro-inflammatory mediators.The researchers have applied for a patent for the seed extract and will continue to research its properties.A new source for relief from chronic inflammatory diseaseswould be welcome. These diseases include heart disease, strokes and cancer, which cause about threeout of every fivedeaths worldwide,and as many as seven out of 10 in the United States. The healthcare costs associated with these diseases account for approximately 90% of annual healthcare expenditures in the United States.The avocado seed innovation also may have economic and environmental benefits. If the potential inflammatory suppressing activity of the seed extract is borne out, the findings could add value to the fruit and reduce the hundreds of thousands of tons of seed waste dumped in landfills by avocado growers and processors.