Avocado Helps You Recover Faster After Exercise

Avocado seems to be everywhere these days, not just in guacamole.

And no wonder. Everyone knows that avocado is good for you. It’s rich in healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals - you name it, avocado’s got it.

This makes it a very good friend to your overall health, including your cardiovascular system, especially if you do regular physical exercise.

For this reason, a recent clinical study published in the Scientific Reports journal has examined the effects of avocado pulp on cardiovascular and autonomic recovery following a moderately strenuous exercise.

What’s Important

Here’s how it works:

When you exercise, the autonomic nervous system is responsible for physiological changes, like thermal regulation, muscle function, and maintaining blood pressure.

This is essential in keeping your body regulated under stress.

Then, simply said, as you start exercising, your heart rate and blood pressure go up. Immediately after, they slowly start to go down

And this is how cardiovascular and autonomic recovery happens.

This window of time is the best time to assess any risks of cardiovascular events, including an irregular or abnormal heartbeat and impaired heart rhythm.

The Details of the Study

The participants were 12 healthy physically active adults. They were split into two groups, one was given placebo capsules, and the other was given an avocado pulp in capsules.

After the ingestion of the capsules, the participants were seated at rest for an hour before the exercise, after which they were instructed to run on a treadmill for 30 minutes, followed by a recovery period of an hour.

The study was very successful in that a single-dose avocado pulp intake induced positive effects on cardiovascular and autonomic recovery after exercise.

Here are the details:

  • Avocado helped blood pressure to normalize in 2 minutes, which was faster than the placebo group, which was 3 minutes
  • It also helped the heart rate to stabilize in 10 minutes, whereas the placebo group took 20 minutes
  • The Takeaway

    This study has given another reason for avocado to be one of the best dietary choices for you.

    Nothing more to say, except, don’t skip the guac, especially when you’re planning on having a good long workout session.



    Resource: Sousa, F.H., Valenti, V.E., Pereira, L.C. et al. Avocado (Persea americana) pulp improves cardiovascular and autonomic recovery following submaximal running: a crossover, randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled trial. Sci Rep 10, 10703 (2020). doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-67577-3 

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