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Go with mango this season

OYINKANSOLA ADEDOYIN

Mango fruit helps lose weight, treats cancer and blood pressure. Mango is out now, yes! That succulent yellow fruit juice enjoyed by everybody. The season is here and you should start thrilling your taste buds. Mango is a tropical fruit cultivated in many parts of Nigeria and in may parts of the world. The mango season runs usually from March through August, and it ushers in corn.

Nature has been so good to us, blessing us with various fruits. We are often too blind to see the medicinal values in them. Mango especially is rich in pre-biotic dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals, carotene, and poly phenolic flavonoids antioxidant compounds.

Do you know mango is now found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia, lungs, prostate and oral cavity cancers? Above all, its helps you lose weight!

Mango fruit is also an excellent source of Vitamin A and flavonoids like beta carotene, alpha carotene, and beta cryptoxanthin. Thus giving us a glowing skin. These compounds have also been proved to be strong antioxidants and essentials for vision.

Eating natural fruits rich in carotene helps prevent lung and cavity cancers.

Fresh mango is a good source of potassium, which is an important component of cell and body fluids that help control heartbeats and blood pressure. It is also a very good source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin-C and vitamin-E. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and harmful oxygen-free radicals. Vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine is required for GABA hormone production within the brain. It also controls homocystiene levels within the blood, which may otherwise be harmful to blood vessels resulting in coronary artery disease (CAD), and stroke.

Further, mango comprises of moderate amounts of copper. Copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as co-factors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Copper is also required for the production of red blood cells.

Additionally, mango peel is also rich in phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants like carotenoids and polyphenols. This helps to cure typhoid fever.

The best ways to enjoy your mango fruits vary from eating it raw and adding it to your salad. Mango fruit can be enjoyed all alone without any seasonings/additions. TRy out these tip:
– Fresh mango cubes as a great addition to fruit salads.
– Mango juice with ice cubes is a popular, delicious drink.
– Mango fruit juice blended with milk as mango-milk shake.
– Mango fruit is also used to prepare jam, jelly, ice cream and candy.
– Unripe, raw, green mango has been in use in the preparation of pickles and jam (marmalade).

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