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Zipatso Zazikulu - Mango

“The king of the fruits," mango fruit is one of the most popular, nutritionally rich fruits with unique flavor, fragrance, taste, and heath promoting qualities, making it a “super fruit."

Mango is a tropical tree grown across the world in many continents. After flowering its fruits generally grow at the end of a long, string like peduncle, with sometimes more than one fruit to a peduncle.

Each fruit measures 5 to 15 cms in length and about 4 to 10 cms in width, and has typical “mango” shape, or sometimes oval or round. Its weight ranges from 150 gm to around 750 gm. Outer skin (pericarp) is smooth and is green in un-ripe mangoes but turns in ripe fruits into golden yellow, crimson red, yellow or orange-red depending upon the cultivar type. Fresh mango season lasts from April until August.

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Nutrition chart:

One cup of mangoes contains the following:


  • 76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)
  • 25 percent vitamin A (antioxidant and vision)
  • 11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (heart disease prevention)
  • 9 percent healthy Probiotic fibre
  • 9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes)
  • 7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
  • 4 percent magnesium

Mango Preparation:

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• Mango fruit can be enjoyed all alone without any seasonings/additions.
• Fresh mango cubes are a great addition to fruit salads.
• Mango fruit juice blended with milk as "mango-milk shake."

• Mango juice with ice cubes is a popular, delicious drink.

Mango fruit is also used to prepare jam, jelly, ice cream and in sweet-candy industries.

• Unripe, raw, green mango has been in use in the preparation of pickles, jam (marmalade), and chutney in the Asian countries.

Amazing Benefits And Uses Of Mango:

1. Fights cancer:
Antioxidants like present in mango protect the body against colon, breast and prostate cancers and leukemia.

2. Keeps cholesterol in check:
Mango has high level of vitamin C, pectin and fibres that help to lower serum cholesterol levels.

3. Skin cleanser:
Mangoes help clear clogged pores that cause acne. Slice a mango into thin pieces and keep them on your face for 10 to 15 minutes then wash off.

4. Alkalizes the body:
Mango is rich in tartaric acid, malic acid and traces of citric acid that primarily help in maintaining the alkali reserve of the body.

5. Weight loss:
Mango has a lot of vitamins and nutrients that help the body feel fuller.

6. Eye care:
Mango is rich in vitamin A. One cup of sliced mangoes equals 25% intake of your daily need of vitamin A. Mangoes help in promoting good eye sight.

7. Helps in digestion:
Mango contains enzymes that help in breaking down protein. The fibrous nature of mango helps in digestion and elimination. It is is rich in pre-biotic dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals.

8. Strengthens your immune:
The combination of vitamin C, vitamin A and 25 different kinds of Carotenoids keep your immune system healthy.

9. Aids concentration and memory:
Mango has an important protein help concentration and memory loss.

10. High iron for women
Mango is rich in iron, excellent for treating anemia. Pregnant women should eat mangoes to increase their iron and calcium levels.

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Amazing Benefits And Uses Of Mango Leaves:

1.Treating Diabetes:
Boil 5-6 mango leaves in a vessel, soak it through night and drink the filtered juice in the morning. This is helps in regulating your insulin levels.

2. Lower Blood Pressure:
It helps to strengthen the blood vessels and treats varicose veins.

3. Treats Restlessness:
Treats anxiety, the mango leaf tea encourages good sleep.

4. Gall And Kidney Stones:
Ground dried mango leaf powder soaked overnight, helps in breaking the stones and flushing them out.

5. Respiratory Problems:
Boiling clean mango leaves in water and drinking with a little honey helps to cure coughs.

6. Cures Dysentery:
Mango leaves dried in the shade should be powdered and made into tea taken two to three times a day to stop dysentery.

7. Ear Aches:
Use a teaspoon of juice extracted from mango leaves as eardrops provides relief from earache. Heat the juice slightly before using it.

8. Heal Burns:
Burn a handful of mango leaves to ashes. Apply this ash on the affected burnt area. It provides instant relief and helps with healing.

9. Stomach Tonic:
Before going to bed put some 10 or 15 clean mango leaves in warm water and cover it with lid. The next morning filter the water and drink it on an empty stomach. Do this regularly.

Medical disclaimer
This information is intended solely for the general information of the reader. The contents is not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications.





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