Wednesday, October 10, 2007

WE Food - Mangoes really can make you feel better

Revered not only for their exotic sweetness and juicy quality, mangoes are known for their many health blessings. Beyond being delicious and rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, mangos contain an enzyme similar to papain in papayas, which acts as a soothing digestive aid and are very effective in breaking down protein. The enzyme list continues with magneferin, katechol oxidase, and lactase that not only protect the mango from insects, but help humans by stimulating metabolism and purifying the intestinal tract and are an ideal antidote for all toxic effects inside the body. They also provide sufficient resistance to fight any germs and afflictions.

Research has shown that dietary fibre has a protective effect against degenerative diseases, especially with regards to the heart; may help prevent certain types of cancer, as well as lowering blood cholesterol levels. An average sized mango can contain up to 40% of your daily fibre requirement. For those of you who are physically active, mangoes are a great way to replenish lost potassium. Deliciously rich in anti-oxidants, potassium and fibre - the mango is the perfect fruit!

In India mangoes are used as blood builders. Because of their high iron content they are suggested for treatment of anaemia and are beneficial to women during pregnancy and menstruation. People who suffer from muscle cramps, stress, and heart problems can benefit from the high potassium and magnesium content that also helps those with acidosis.

One lab test turned up rather startling results when mango juice was poured into a test tube that contained viruses. Shortly, the viruses were destroyed.

Health Benefits of Mangoes:
- High in antioxidant and low in carbohydrates.
- Valuable in combating acidity and poor digestion.
- Effective in relieving clogged pores of the skin.
- Reduces risk of colon and cervical cancer.

Nutritional Benefits of Mangoes:
- High in fibre (3.7g) but low in calories (135) and sodium (4mg).
- Contains no cholesterol or saturated fat and contain only about .6 grams of total fat.
- Contains phenols and has powerful antioxidant and anticancer abilities.
- Rich source of vitamin A (beta-carotene) (8061 IU), E and Selenium which help to protect against heart disease and other ailments.
- Has good amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C (57mg) as well as Potassium (322mg), Calcium (20mg), Iron (.27mg) and Magnesium (18mg).

Although the above numbers will vary with the different varieties and sizes, there is little doubt that the mango is an exceptional fruit, not only for its high-ranking nutrients, but also for its delightful flavour that just may taste like paradise itself.

How much mango should you eat?An average mango weighs about 150g. They can be eaten just as is, mixed into fruit salads, made into marinades, even top some of your favourite dishes like a ‘Bake & Shark’. And don’t forget the all time favourite, ‘Mango Chow’

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