Eating a healthy, balanced diet – including at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day – could lower your risk of an early death, according to the NHS. You could also boost your lifespan by doing regular exercise. It’s the “miracle cure” we’ve all been waiting for, it said. Making some small diet or lifestyle changes could help to increase your life expectancy and avoid an early death. You could lower your risk of early death, and even help to protect against high cholesterol, by regularly eating avocado, it’s been claimed.
Avocados are a “wonder food” that could lower your total cholesterol, according to dietitian Juliette Kellow and nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer.
The fruit are rich in monounsaturated fat, which provide a number of heart-healthy benefits.
Everyone should aim to eat half of an avocado between three and four times every week, they said.
“Creamy and delicious, avocados are loaded with good fats that lower cholesterol and protect against wrinkles,” they wrote in their book ‘Eat Better Live Longer – Understand What Your Body Needs To Stay Healthy’.
“They are also packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals that help with everything from keeping eyes healthy to regulating blood pressure.
“Adding avocado to diets has been shown to reduce total cholesterol, LDL [bad] cholesterol, and triglycerides, while also boosting HDL [good] cholesterol.
“These heart-healthy benefits are most likely thanks to avocados being high in monounsaturated fat.
“Avocados also contain heart-friendly phytosterols such as beta-sitosterol, which help to lower blood cholesterol levels.”
Regularly eating avocados could also improve the health of your prostate, and could even protect against prostate cancer, they added.
The fruit contains carotenoids that support the health of your eyes, and can lower your chances of developing cataracts or macular degeneration.
Avocados are rich sources of the mineral potassium, which could even play a role in lowering blood pressure.
Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables every week is one of the best way to make sure you lead a long and healthy life.
Regular exercise is a crucial aspect to improving overall health, and helping you to live longer.
All UK adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
People that do regular exercise are up to 50 per cent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes and some cancers, said the NHS.
It may even slash the chances of coronary heart disease and stroke by up to 35 per cent.