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April 2012
Mango Mania!
Shwetha Mabel
 
Delicious, fragrant, and a powerhouse of nutrients, this succulent fruit makes it to the top of almost every Indian’s list of favourite fruits. It’s not just the looks and the taste but also what’s inside a mango, which earns it the deserving title - ‘King of Fruits’.

A potent source of fibre and iron, mango is rich in Vitamins A, C, E and K. It contains significant amounts of phosphorus, manganese and potassism. The presence of flavonoids
and polyphenol antioxidants in the fruit provides a variety of health benefits

Digestion
The fibre found in mango helps regulate bowel movement and keeps constipation at bay. Mango contains digestive enzymes that help relieve acidity and break down proteins thereby aiding digestion

Diabetes
Mango has a low glycemic index - between 41 and 60 and it is known to reduce complications associated with diabetes. A decoction made with mango leaves is an excellent remedy for diabetics.

Heat Stroke
Unripe mango is a rich source of pectin. When steamed and juiced with cumin (jeera), rock salt and sugar, it offers relief against heat stroke or heat exhaustion in summer.

Cancer
New research suggests that the polyphenol antioxidant compounds in mango act as protection against breast and colon cancers. It is also rich in carotenes that are known to protect the body from cancers of the lung and oral cavity.

Vision
The presence of a powerful combination of Vitamin A and flavonoids like betacarotene,
alpha-carotene and betacryptoxanthin in mango makes it essential for good vision. Eating mango regularly prevents night blindness, refractive errors, dry eye, softening of the cornea and also itching and burning in the eyes.

Pregnancy
Due to the abundance of iron in this tropical fruit, mango is especially recommended for pregnant women to help replace iron depletion during pregnancy. Vitamin C in the fruit
enhances the absorption of iron. Mango can help keep both mother and baby healthy during pregnancy. Whether eaten raw or ripe, mango should be an essential part of a summer
diet.

Mango For Beauty
Vitamin A present in mango also helps in maintaining a soft and glowing complexion.
Applying mango directly to acne-prone skin relieves clogged pores.
Shwetha Mabel is Fitness & Nutrition Enthusiast ,Hyderabad


    
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