Alphonso Mango - Health Benefits
Alphonso mango fruit is rich in prebiotic dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and polyphenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds.
According to research studies, alphonso mango fruit has been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Several trial studies suggest that polyphenolic antioxidant compounds in mango are known to offer protection against breast and colon cancers. Alphonso mango fruit is an excellent source of vitamin A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. 100 g of fresh mango provides 765 mg or 25% of recommended daily levels of vitamin A, together these compounds are known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision.
Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in carotenes is known to protect the body from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Fresh Alphonso mango is also a very rich source of potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
Alphonso mango is also a very good source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin C and vitamin E. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenges harmful oxygen free radicals. Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine is required for GABA hormone production in the brain. It also controls homocysteine levels in the blood, which may otherwise be harmful to blood vessels resulting in CAD and stroke. Copper is a cofactor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as cofactors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Copper is also required for the production of red blood cells. The skin of the Alphonso Mango is also rich in phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants like carotenoids and polyphenols.
So what’s not to love about alphonso mango. Delicious and good for you!
Alphonso Mango - Nutrition (per 100g)
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Passion Fruit - Health Benefits
The purple passion fruit (P. edulis f. edulis) is mainly cultivated in Africa and India and the yellow passion fruit (P. edulis f. flavicarpa) in Peru, Brazil and Ecuador.
Leaves, flowers, peels, stems and passion fruits.
Benefits of passion fruit
The juice but mainly the leaves of passion fruit contain the alkaloids, including Harman, which has blood pressure lowering, sedative and antispasmodic action. The passion fruit leaves are used in many countries as medicines. The flower of passion fruit has a mild sedative and can help to induce sleep. Passion flower has been used in the treatment of nervous and easily excited children, bronchial asthma, insomnia, nervous gastrointestinal disorders and menopausal problems. Passion flower is sometimes used as a mild hallucinogen.
Researchers at the University of Florida have found that yellow passion fruit extracts can kill cancer cells in vitro. The phytochemicals which are responsible for this anti-cancer effect are carotenoids and polyphenols.
A study by Watson and his co-workers showed that the consumption of purple passion fruit peel extract can reduce asthma symptoms. They selected 42 patients who received an oral administration of purple passion fruit extract. The passion fruit extract supplementation reduced the wheezing by 75 percent and increased forced vital capacity.
One study investigated the effect of purple passion fruit peel extract on symptoms in patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial and found that the flavanoid rich extract significantly reduced pain and stiffness.
When the Spanish explored South America they discovered that passion fruit was used in native folk medicine as a sedative. When they brought the passion fruit to Europe the leaves were used as a sleep-inducing medicine. The name 'Passion' was given by Catholic missionaries in South America. The corona threads of the passion flower were seen as a symbol of the crown of thorns, the five stamens for wounds, the five petals and five sepals as the ten apostles (excluding Judas and Peter) and the three stigmas for the nails on the cross.
Passiflora, apricot vine, grenadilla, maracuja, maracuya
Passion Fruit - History
It is believed that the Passion Flower was cultivated in the gardens of Aztec priests and kings.
Since its discovery in the New World by Europeans almost 500 years ago, the passion flower has not only been noted by its discoverers as a source of food with medicinal properties, but has borne a name symbolic of the "passion of Christ," playing a significant role in Christian iconography and attempts to convert the native American people.
It began when this unusual flower became a symbol of the passion of Christ. From the Pope all the way down to the friars, the Church tried to teach the native Americans that in the flower was a message of the gospel.
They visualised that in "flos passionis" were three stigma or female parts, representing nails of the cross; five male anthers, for the wounds to the body of Christ; coronal filaments, resembling the whips of the Roman guards; and the 10 petals and sepals for the disciples, with the exception of Judas the betrayer and Peter as he denied knowing Jesus. Through South and Central America the passion flower is called "The Flower of the Five Wounds".
The Israel the dictionary calls it Pri hashonit, or fruit of the clock, perhaps as its flower resembles the face of a timepiece. But it is known in shops and markets as "passiflora". The Japanese also call it the clock flower.
Passion Fruit - Puree Production
Freshly picked passion fruit is transported to the processing plant where it is screened, inspected, and washed with high pressure water jets to remove any leaves or dirt from the fruit. The passion fruit is then passed to a final selection table where it is inspected prior to the extraction process.
Specially designed extractors break down the fruit making it ready for processing. Seed fragments and peel are screened out leaving only clean juice.
The juice is then centrifuged, deaerated and pasteurized in a sterilized circuit.
Now it is ready for packing; the passion fruit puree is piped to the filling room where it is placed into aseptic bags and drums which have been sterilized by irradiation with ultraviolet light.
The entire process is meticulously overseen by a quality control team who conduct various tests at different stages of the process.
Where the Passion Flower Grows
Lay down on your pillow
and turn the lights down low
let me take you to the garden
where the passion flower grows
Close your eyes and enter dreams
as love’s emotion sets the scene
and flitters through the garden
where the passion flower grows
Touch the tender petals
of the flower as she grows
a tentative endeavour
as your feelings overflow
Let me draw you to the place
where ecstasy can be embraced
the beauty of the garden
where the passion flower grows
Feel your mind exploding
in the heavy scented air
experience the shiver
as you're captured unaware
A little touch of heaven
where imagination flows
the valley in the garden
where the passion flower grows.
Charles M. Moore