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Mangoes may help cut sugar, cancer risks

health and fitness Updated: Apr 25, 2013 00:44 IST
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Consumption of mangoes may potentially have a positive effect on blood sugar in obese individuals and help to limit inflammation, a research said.

The study led by Edralin Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of nutritional sciences at Oklahoma State University, examined the effects of daily mango consumption on clinical parameters and body composition in obese subjects (body mass index, BMI = 30kg/m2).

Twenty adults (11 males and 9 females) participated in the study, which included daily dietary supplementation with 10 grammes of freeze dried mango (equivalent to about 100 grammes of fresh mango, according to Dr Lucas) for 12 weeks.

Blood sugar levels at the conclusion of the study were significantly lower than the baseline in both male and females. There were no significant changes in body composition for either gender, and BMI rose significantly in females.

The study suggested that mango polyphenols might limit inflammatory response in both cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells.