Can mangoes prevent cancer?
A recent study in molecular research has found that mangoes could prevent cancer. They are said to contain certain properties like Vitamin C, beta-carotene, gallic tannin, and gallic acid. An experiment was conducted on cancer patients between the ages of 21 and 38. They were given 400 grams of mango pulp for 10 days. The lab investigation on the blood and urine sample showed that the development of cancer cells had decreased.
Ever since the Vedic period, mangoes were highly sought after in Ayurvedic cooking and healing. The fruit has a history of 6000-years in India, and was described in ancient Sanskrit literature. The mango groves were once the proud possessions of Indian Kings in the past. Mangoes have travelled to the Middle East through Persian traders in early19th century, and later the Portuguese took it to Europe and the New World.
According to Ayurveda, the riper the mango, the superior it is in taste. It is said to increase one’s appetite, is good for the heart, and improves one’s skin. Besides this, mangoes are considered to be a natural diuretic, as it improves digestion, relieves constipation and tones up the liver.
Did you know that mango is considered to be an energizer? In fact, it is used to balance all three doshas (vata, kapha and pitta). This fruit also aids in increasing the seven nutrients or the dhatus (body tissues) in one’s body. These seven nutrients are: rasa (plasma), rakta (blood), maansa (flesh), medha (fat), asthi (bones), majja (bone-marrow) and shukra (reproductive tissue).
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Dried mango flowers are used in the treatment of diarrhoea, chronic dysentery and some problems of the bladder. The kernel is used widely in Ayurvedic medicines for treatment of different ailments. According to Ayurveda, antioxidants and enzymes present in the mango are believed to play an important role in the prevention / protection of cancer (colon, breast, leukaemia and prostate) and heart disease.
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