A laboratory study found out that seed extract of the Mexican fruit has important applications as a pharmaceutical.
A team of researchers at the Penn State studied the extract of the alligator pear and found out that the fruit consists of anti-inflammatory compounds which has medicinal properties. A laboratory study was conducted to determine its potential and it was found out that it can be used as a food ingredient and a pharmaceutical drug.
To support the study, the researchers used enzyme and cell cultural models which are significant in inflammatory diseases and immune response. Macrophages, immune cells were grown in a petri dish with inflammatory stimuli with the seed extract and without the seed extract. The researchers studied the production of pro-inflammatory mediators. It was concluded that the presence of bioactive compounds in the fruit seeds have anti-inflammatory activities. Furthermore, the hindering activity in low concentration was quite acceptable.
This discovery is significant because arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and colitis are inflammatory diseases plus the seed of the Mexican fruit are considered to be throw away waste. Discovery of beneficial properties of avocado is encouraging for the farmers to grow more of the fruit. Furthermore, seeds with such bioactive compounds have significant value in labs similar to ingredients such as the cocoa seeds and green tea. The researchers in order to promote the fruit have filed a patent for its use as a color additive since the extract’s bright orange color can be used as food color. The study was published in Advances In Food Technology and Nutritional Sciences on March 13, 2019.