Avocados are a lovely plant food to boost vitamin and mineral intake to most diets.  Eat it by itself with a spoon or add it to salads, grain sides, tacos or anything else that sounds good.  1 Avocado provides 10%+ of your daily value of 10 different vitamins and minerals.  This puts avocados into the 2nd tier of foods to consume daily based on nutrients, although one may want to limit avocado when trying to lose weight based on caloric intake as 1 avocado has 20g of fat which increase the calorie density quite a bit.

1 avocado provides over 30% of daily intake of vitamin B5 also known as pantothenic acid.  Although it is difficult to have a deficiency in pantothenic acid, grab an avocado for an afternoon snack on those days you feel lethargic.  Pantothenic acid helps your body regulate hormones and turn foods into energy.  Also, pantothenic acid is present in all cells.

When you hit a wall in weight loss, increasing consumption of pantothenic acid may help you restart your weight loss.  Although an avocado contains a large amount of fat, the pantothenic acid present helps your body metabolize fats and carbohydrates.

Due to the pantothenic acid present, avocados may help regulate moods.  Think about it.  Just thinking about consuming an avocado can brighten a mood.  After consumption the pantothenic acid helps regulate the hormones that may affect our mood swings.  Perhaps an avocado a day keeps the grumps away?  If you try it let me know in the comments if the motto works.

Consumption of avocados should make one more energetic based on the amount of pantothenic acid.  An efficient metabolism isn’t only good for losing weight but also helps one be more energetic.  Perhaps an avocado a day keeps the brain fog away as well?

Add glowing skin a hair from the healthy fats and pantothenic acid and there doesn’t seem to be any reasons not to consume avocados.  Don’t let the fat content scare you away as the vitamins and minerals within the avocado do so much for your body, mind and nervous system.

Check out more benefits of pantothenic acid.

Nutrients Daily Needs Food Avocado % DV
Total Nutrients at 10%+
B1 (Thiamin) 1.2 mg 0.10 8.33%
B2 (Roboflavin) 1.3 mg 0.19 14.62%
B3 (Niacin) 16 mg 2.60 16.25%
B5 (Pantothetic Acid) 5 mg 1.99 39.80%
B6 (Pryidoxamine) 1.7 mg 0.39 22.94%
B12 2.4 mcg 0.00 0.00%
B7 (biotin) 30 mcg 0.00 0.00%
Choline 550 mcg 19.31 3.51%
B9 (folate) 1000 mcg 121.04 12.10%
A 3000 IU 199.92 6.66%
C 90 mg 11.97 13.30%
D 800 IU 0.00 0.00%
E 22 IU 2.62 11.91%
K 120 mcg 28.56 23.80%
Calcium 1200 mcg 17.68 1.47%
Chromium 35 mcg 0.00 0.00%
Copper 900 mcg 230.00 25.56%
Floride 4 mg 0.00 0.00%
Iodine 150 mcg 0.00 0.00%
Iron 9 mg 0.83 9.22%
Magnesium 420 mg 39.44 9.39%
Manganese 2.3 mg 0.20 8.70%
molybdenum 45 mcg 0.00 0.00%
phosphorus 700 mg 73.44 10.49%
Potassium 4700 mg 689.52 14.67%
Selenium 55 mcg 0.54 0.98%
Zinc 11 mg 0.92 8.36%