Natural Health

Introduction

One advice that is constant and that you will continue to hear is to eat lots of fruits and vegetable. I am sure you are wondering why? In this series I will be discussing the nutritional and mineral content of various fruits not in any particular order.


Mango

This is a delicious tropical fruit.

It contains Vitamin B, C, E, beta Carotene, potassium and Fibres.

Mango contains a large amount of vitamin C which is use to produce collagen, a protein central to healthy skin and connective tissues. It helps the body to heal fast from aches and pain, bumps and bruises.

Mango is one of the few fruits that contain vitamin E, an important antioxidant that helps fight damaging free radicals in the body.

The Vitamin C and E helps to protect against memory loss.

Mango is also a useful source of potassium which is important for maintaining a normal blood pressure.

Mango accounts for approximately half of all tropical fruits produced world wide and India is the top producing country followed by china.

Pineapple:

This is a delicious exotic fruit.

It contains antioxidant vitamin B, C, E, K, beta carotene (Vit A) Biotin, Folic acid, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, and Bromelain.

Pineapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain which has anti-inflammatory action. It inhibits the action of a number of inflammatory agents thereby easing inflammatory condition such as sinusitis, arthritis and even gout. Bromelain also interferes with the growth of tumour and delays blood clotting. Bromelain is also a protein digesting enzyme and aids digestion. It is also an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C.

South East Asia dominates the production – Philippines, Thailand, Costa – Rica and Indonesia. Nigeria is the largest produced in Africa.