Saturday, 15 January 2011

Avocado leaves tea - for cancer, osteoarthritis and obesity

Today, I am starting hereby a brand new label in this blog that will concern and discuss medicinal plants. I will not endeavour and dwell on the systematic fight homoeopathy versus clinical treatment, but'll only go on a little more in-depth research through the several types of plants available worldwide, and their immediate medicinal properties.   

As any other topic, this is an open discussion and I do accept visitors intervening for the sake of improving the quality of information put at your disposal and, who knows, to learn about some more of the incredible species that are out there, but because these days we live in concrete jungles, are far from our direct observation and us far-off from their stimulus. 

To avoid plagiarism I'd like to state that the image accompanying this post was taken from a website where you can find a personal perspective on avocado leaves and the cleansing of kidneys, an article that can be found in The Cure Manual (apparently referring to a teaching from Dr. Lorna Reyes). In the referred article you can find a simple way of preparing Avocado leaves tea with some good sequential images too!

And now what about the properties of this famous fruit, apart from the leaves?

Well, Ding et al., 2007 tells us about the chemopreventive characteristics of avocado fruit expressing that the phytochemicals present in this fruit "play an important role in cancer prevention". It is rich in important nutrients and has the great priviledge of being low in calories (322 in a single 201g avocado, according to In avocado we have a small quantity of saturated fat and polyunsaturated fat, we have monounsaturated fat accounting for roughly 65% of total fat present in this fruit; we also have sodium, potassium, carbohidrates (fiber and sugars) and protein... and NO Cholesterol!!! There is also vitamin A and C, iron and calcium... and unnoficially, as I couldn't find any source to confirm it, more vitamin D than you can find in an egg!

As stated by Ding et al., 2007, "Studies have shown that phytochemicals extracted from the avocado fruit selectively induce cell cycle arrest, inhibit growth, and induce apoptosis in precancerous and cancer cell lines. Our recent studies indicate that phytochemicals extracted with chloroform from avocado fruits target multiple signaling pathways and increase intracellular reactive oxygen leading to apoptosis... These studies suggest that individual and combinations of phytochemicals from the avocado fruit may offer an advantageous dietary strategy in cancer prevention."

I would love to explain in more detail how these phytochemicals from avocado induce a protective system of response to cleanse the organism, but unfortunately and since I am not a registered student any longer I have no access to the full data and info of such research papers, therefore, all I can do for us is to just cross-link information and apply my own knowledge to the understanding of this subject. Thus, and after consulting Young-Joon Surh's article on Nature Reviews for Cancer one realises that the inhibition process takes place when phytochemicals reverse or retard tumorogenesis interfering with the stages of carcinogenic development, probably by interacting directly on the intracellular-signalling cascades as they are known to be the aims of several molecules; as it is triggered by the ones in the avocado fruit.

Even though no contraindications are known so far, and there are no known pregnancy/lactation risks associated with the avocado ingestion, nevertheless, avocado can cross-react when one intakes also bananas, melons, peaches, thus increasing one's sensitivity (according to, last seen on the 15th of January 2011 - please visit this webpage if you'd like to know the profile of the avocado fruit in more depth). There is not much to be aware of regarding avocado's toxicology; only that apparently it has to be safely taken when combined with pharmaceuticals that have anticoagulant effects or any medication intended to prevent blood clotting.

On the other hand it may help on the osteoarthritis of the knee (Maheau et al., 1998) at 300 to 600 mg daily dosage - "avocado/soybean unsaponifiables treatment showed significant symptomatic efficacy over placebo in the treatment of symptomatic osteoarthritis, acting from month 2 and showing a persistent effect after the end of treatment".

That's all folks for now on The Toxicologist Today, I sincerely hope this article has helped you in a good way, for now and obviously for the future. Any questions I'll be please to research for you.


  1. This is similar to something i read on sour sop being useful anti cancer therapy

    1. Thanks for your comment Bidmos, I'll see if I can find some proper time to cover the sour sop also. Cheers.

  2. Does avacado tea effect kidney

  3. Hi Shunny and thanks for your comment. I just browsed the web and found this page [] where they talk about the effect of avocado tea (in case one suffers of kidney disease obviously). Avocado can have a good effect due to its properties but the high potassium levels can drive to complications. They advise to test limited amounts of it and see what's your threshold. But take a look at the page and see for yourself, I think it's a matter of understanding first the levels of your complications, but a good nutritionist (that I am not) will be able to advise you better. Cheers.

  4. I am diabetic and takes insulin. Will this tea not affect this illness? How many avocado leaves and how many glasses of water are needed to boil the them for my aching knees? How many glasses per day will I drink? thanks

  5. That is a lot of stuff for me to research Marilou. Because I am not a doctor you'll have to give me some time to read about it so I can have data and information to base my opinions on. Obviously if you have a GP's opinion is always more valid, but for the sake of keeping you informed I will do my own research by reading some proper stuff about the subject. Just keep visiting the blog in the coming two weeks as I will have something for you, cheers,

  6. Avacado leaves should be fresh or dried one? Does dried one gives same benefits

  7. Dear mr,
    i would like to take your post to be my references in my book later..i hope you don't mind if i share it.

  8. I wouldn't mind but I'm not too sure a post can be used as a reference for a book. Why don't you use research literature as a reference. If you need some help finding it, just let me know and I will try and help you. By the way, my name is Ivan Lafayette, Pudge is a very old online nickname of mine. Cheers

  9. Our friend who is a priest said he has gout and when we was assigned inVietnam his Vietnamese priest friend boiled 4-5 avocado leaves till it turned
    Red then let it cool and drink it
    a Matter of few hours his swelling and pain gone

  10. In Uganda my country (East Africa), some herbalists advise to boil 5 - 8 avocado leaves and take that for 3 - 4 days. when one is anemic. Its believed exceeding 4 days could be catastrophic. Whats is your opinion on their prescription?

  11. Dear Zansali, thanks for your comments. Allow me a couple of weeks to research the topic. I'll let you know when I find enough pertinent information available in the literature. Cheers.

  12. Hello Zansali, please find your reply post here

    Thank you very much for your question.