Mangoes are delicious and have wonderful health benefits. A new study by Texas AgriLife Research food scientist examined five varieties of mango most common in the US: Ataulfo, Francine Haden Kent and Tommy Atkins, and found that the tropical fruit has anti-cancer properties.
When exposed to a variety of cancer cells in the laboratory, mango turned out to be e specially effective against certain breast and colon cancers. The researchers attribute the cancer-fighting properties to the fruit’s polyphenolics, a class of bioactive compounds responsible for preventing or stopping cancer cells. As one might expect with an all natural anti-cancer agent, normal cells were not affected by the mango, which targeted only cells that had gone bad, by interrupting their mutated division cycles.
Source: Texas A&M AgrilLive Communications, 2010
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