Oil linked to anti-ageing [news]
New research conducted in Mexico, the world's largest avocado producer, has demonstrated the oil's power to combat destructive rogue oxygen molecules.
These unstable ''free radicals'' wreak havoc in the body, triggering chain reactions that destroy cell membranes, proteins and even DNA. The phenomenon is one of the prime drivers of ageing and believed to play a major role in damage to arteries and cancer.
Oxygen-free radicals are natural waste products of metabolism but may be generated in greater numbers due to factors such as pollution, tobacco smoke and radiation.