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Amazing health benefits of mangoes for women

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Mangoes

Mangoes are in season and there are perhaps very women who would resist the urge to have mangoes. But there is a general misconception that mangoes are not good for health and cause weight gain. Here are some amazing things that mango can do for your health, and it definitely is not the cause of weight gain-

 

Fight breast cancer

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Breast cancer is on the rise and the least you can do is make an attempt to eat healthy. Mangoes are rich in uercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, along with a range of enzymes that are known for reducing your cancer risks. In fact the antioxidants in the mangoes fight free radicals. As per research, women who consumed more of the fruit are at lower risks of getting breast cancer as compared to women who don’t.

 

Helps improve sex drive

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Being a rich source of vitamin E, mangoes are known for improving and boosting sex drive. A recent study conducted in rats revealed that libido is enhanced by consuming mangoes. In particular, women who are undergoing hormonal changes benefit from eating this to boost or revive lost sex drive.

 

Fights constipation, especially during pregnancy

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Not only is mango a wholesome food for all occasions, it is ideal to fight constipation. A lot of women tend to suffer from the issue of constipation, especially during their pregnancy periods. This further leads to issues like haemorrhoids. But consuming mangoes is a natural remedy for this. Just enjoy a fruit daily and see how quickly and smoothly your bowel functions get to action.

 

Can help fight PCOS and endometriosis

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If you are rushing through everything and don’t have time to cope up with your nutritional needs, mangoes are perhaps a good solution. Being rich in vitamin C, E, A, etc. they provide you with a generous balance of nutrients. Yes a mango has about 100+ calories each but it also contains flavonoids like betacarotene, alphacarotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. With this nutritional boost, your problems like PCOS and endometriosis can be tackled too.

And the best way to consume this fruit would be to have it on its own, without any added sugar or preservatives. If you are making a shake out of the mangoes then use yogurt and honey instead. Remember that the calories come from these additional aspects and not from the generous and delicious mango fruit itself. 

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A spice that is known for its sharp and pungent taste, carom seeds or Ajwain is perhaps the best friend, when it comes to the food sector for a woman. Carom seeds or ajwain are easy to consume and can be added to your food, chewed on their own or even powdered. Here are the amazing health benefits you get from the same-

 

Boosts lactation and reduces swelling

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For centuries, women in India are given carom seed infused water everyday post delivery. It is said to boost lactation and also helps post pregnancy bleeding, which can be painful for the new mother. 1 cup of carom seeds are boiled in a litre of water. Post boiling, this water is then kept covered for about 1-2 hours. The entire lot should be consumed the same day. This helps the mother get a healthy dose of carom seeds' goodness that increase milk production.

Also, if you had a c-section, then the uterus and other organs may be inflamed post surgery for a a few days, the carom water helps in reducing this swelling and helps in neutralising your bleeding post pregnancy too.

 

Pregnancy indigestion and nausea

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A lot of pregnant women suffer from bloating, indigestion, gas and other related digestive problems during pregnancy. Carom seeds have anti-inflammatory properties along with enzymes that boost digestion. The sharp taste not only helps in getting rid of morning sickness, but it also fights pregnancy constipation. If you are having too much of belching and burping, chew on toasted carom seeds. About a coin-sized portion is enough. You can also make a carom seed powder and mix it up with some black pepper, rock salt and mango powder and a dash of Asafoetida. Have this every morning and night to alleviate the above-mentioned symptoms.

 

Increases Libido

 

Hormonal changes, stress, etc. are major causes of lost libido. Carom seeds are known for reviving your sexual hormones and increases libido. For this remedy you have to roast some carom seeds along with ghee or clarified butter and some tamarind kernels. Once roasted, grind them up and have this with a cup of milk and spoon of honey. This will help in enhancing your sexual functions. Ideally you should consume this at night to get optimal benefits. The natural aphrodisiac helps in easing muscle tension and products hormones essential for sexual drive.

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guava and cancer

Guava is probably one of the most underestimated fruits around considering that apples are promoted for keeping the doctor away. But you would be amazed to know that for women, guava in fact has many more health benefits than other fruits. And not only is it available all year round, it is a budget friendly fruit for you too-

 

Fights pregnancy constipation and boosts fetal health

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Being fibre-rich, especially the seeds of the guava are suggested for pregnant women. It has been seen that guava aids digestive health and provides you with fibres that prevent risks of constipation during pregnancy. One guava a day takes care of 12% of your fibre needs. Along with this, guava is also very rich in folic acid along with vitamin B-9. This is suggested for pregnant women as it helps to develop the baby’s nervous system. It also gives the baby protection against a range of neurological disorders.

 

Increases fertility

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One of the crucial components in guava includes magnesium, which is highly recommended as a natural stress buster. With anxiety and stress levels leading to infertility levels. You can consume one guava a day as a smoothie with yogurt or even on its own. With added nutrients and iron, it provides other benefits. Furthermore, being rich in fibres, it is known to reduce your weight and obesity levels too. The roughage found in this fruit helps you stay fuller for a longer time, thus reducing food cravings. Thus it fights obesity and helps you maintain healthier weight and BMI, which is essential for fertility.

 

Lowers risk of breast cancer

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Anti-cancer tumour properties of the guava are not restricted to just breast cancer, but it has been known to minimise risks of breast cancer. There are several compounds found in guava that have anti-cancer benefits. These include lycopene, quercitin, vitamin C and along with a range of polyphenols that work as potent antioxidants. It helps in neutralising free radicals and fights them too, which reduces the risk of cancerous growth. In particular, the peel of the guava fruit is consumed, which contains the deepest layers of these nutrients. Along with breast cancer, guava is also known to treat skin, colon and lungs cancer. It has many antioxidants that prevent formation of cancerous tumours. Along with a rich dose of vitamins, it also has flavonoids, beta-carotene, lutein and cryptoxanthin that combine to prevent spread of breast cancer, in women who are already affected.

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overripe banana

The humble banana fruit has often been ignored because it is wrongly assumed that it leads to weight gain. In spite of being so easily available, a lot of people don’t include banana in their diets. And if it is overripe, then you definitely go ugh! But here are some rare and amazing heath benefits and home remedies of this overripe fruit-

1. As a low calorie softening and moisturising food agent 

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Find that your breads or cakes are not really coming out that soft and moist. Then mash some overripe bananas into a fine paste and then mix it into the cake or even your everyday roti dough. The result will be super soft and moist texture that melts in the mouth. And you can make cakes, muffins, breads, almost anything that you feel like with bananas because they don’t have an overwhelming taste. So cut down on some butter and cream, use overripe bananas the next time you feel like making a cake.

 

2. As beauty pack

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Don’t just throw away those overripe bananas yet because being rich in nutrients like calcium, potassium, etc. they really work wonders for your skin. If you have dry skin then mix together some banana with milk and apply a light pack on the face. You get an instant glow and that too without spending a penny. If dry and brittle hair has been troubling you then mix up some overripe banana, which is well mashed and then apply over the hair and scalp. Sure it is a tad messy but the shiny and glossy mane you get post the same is worth the trouble!

 

3. Complete health drink

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Always complaining that you don’t have time to eat and keep munching on junk. Then put aside those excuse and get the bananas working. You just have to freeze your overripe bananas because this way they last for more than a week! When making a health drink, take it out at least 30 minutes prior so that it can thaw. Take a whole ripe banana with some yogurt and honey and blend well. Alternatively, you can also add some ice-cream if you are in the mood for a treat. This is a complete and wholesome snack, which is super delicious too. You get potassium, calcium, magnesium along with healthy fats in a go!

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water melon

Water melon is a fruit that benefits women not only from its sweet and delicious pulp, but additionally the peel or the outer layer of the fruit along with the seeds are used in a variety of home remedies too. 

 

Enhance blood count

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The rind of the watermelon is known to have more of the blood building chlorophyll along with being rich in amino acid citrulline. The high amount of chlorophyll in the rind means that women with poor haemoglobin levels or those suffering from anaemia are able to benefit with the same. You can use the pale white part of the rind and eat it raw, though it is a little tasteless. In some cultures, it is also used as a vegetable form and cooked.

 

Boost fertility levels

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One of the core ingredients in water melon is the lycopene. It contains many kinds of antioxidants and carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, which are known for boosting fertile health and also for fighting obesity. With ageing, women are more prone to diabetes due to fat deposits. This lycopene fights the same and reduces obesity risks and menstrual problems associated with the same. Just consume water melon in its natural forms or drink up a glass of juice daily.

 

Reduces cancer and tumour risk

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Lycopene is also known to reduce risks of ovarian cancer and breast cancer in women with its potent antioxidant properties. Both these cancer forms are risked to menopause. In fact, a study revealed that lycopene helps in fighting tumours around the breast and uterine area, which is one of the core or early warning signs of cancer.

 

Helps manage menopause

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As women progress to the menopausal stage, there is a significant decrease in bone density, haemoglobin levels and even hormonal fluctuations. Hence, eating right becomes essential. Water melon contains citrulline and arginine that helps in managing your blood pressure and cardiac stress. Additionally the seeds of the water melon are rich in minerals and nutrients like magnesium and potassium. You can toast the same and consume it in salads or even as delicious and crunchy snack. Watermelon also reduces inflammation caused due to arthritis, which a lot of women are affected from. 

 

Boosts sexual health

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There is a component in water melon that is called L-arginine, which is known for stimulating your libido. It helps in pumping up supply of the blood to different parts of the bodies and helps in balancing hormones. With enhanced sexuality and improved uterine health, your fertility health is boosted too.

 

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lychee

Fruits like lychee are perhaps one of the most convenient health solutions for women. Along with being high on nutrients, fibres and natural juices and sugar, they are also easy to consume and can be eaten as a fruit, added to heath drinks, dehydrated or frozen and even in some exotic Asian dishes. Here is a sneak peak into why this awesome fruit works wonders for women-

 

Reduces bloating and constipation during pregnancy

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Being natural rich in fibres, this fruit is recommended for pregnant women as it helps in stimulating the peristaltic motion of the muscles in the small intestine. As a result, gastric juices are released and food is passed without exerting much pressure on the anal area, which is one of the most common cause of haemorrhoids too. Even in general, heavier women who suffer from constipation issues can benefit with the same.

 

Enhances speedier recovery after STD

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Whether it is a viral infection or some other infection like STD, the richness of vitamin C in Lychee is known to increase white blood cells in the body. Hence if you are suffering from low immunity, which is often a problem that underweight women face, eat more of lychee. In particular, pregnant women should consume this considering the benefits pass on to the baby too.

 

Reduced risk of cancer

 

There are chemical compounds called polyphenolic compounds and proanthocyanidins present in lychee, which are known for neutralising free radicals. Hence, they offer protection from certain types of cancer like uterine cancer. Also, the fruit is known to protect the skin from harmful UVA/ UVB rays, which also reduces risks of skin cancer.

 

Prevents risk of candida and Herpes

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There are some viral and fungal infections that women are very prone too. Lychee is rich in proanthocyanidins and Litchitannin A2 compound, which is largely known to reduce and prevent the outbreak of the same. In particular, herpes simplex virus , candida and coxsackie virus, risks are drastically reduced here.

 

Manage preeclampsia

Manage preeclampsia

Being rich in minerals like potassium, lychee is known to reduce the risks of preeclampsia in women with previous history of the same. The balance of fluids through metabolic functions with potassium as the vasodilator, eases pressure on blood vessels and helps release stress too. This helps in minimising risks of preeclampsia during pregnancy. 

 

Fights Anaemia

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The minerals found in lychee include copper, which is known for forming red blood cells and increase oxygenation, especially suitable for anaemic women.

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