Mandarins are delicious and juicy fruits which we worship and enjoy in the cold winter. But did you know that they represent more than just a delicious fruit for our bodies?
Mandarins can supply 80 percent of the required daily intake of vitamin C. These orange fruits are a rich source of orange carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin, which can significantly reduce the risk of lung cancer.
A study published in “Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention”, associated the food rich in cryptoxanthin with reduced risk of lung cancer in smokers by 37 percent.
Research, however, which was conducted in Japan, showed that the juice of mandarins protects against infection with hepatitis C, and liver cancer.
Mandarins contain fiber, which besides contributing to lower cholesterol, is useful to relieve constipation.
This fruit has a relatively low glycemic index, which means that the naturally present sugar slowly releases into the blood, that’s why it is recommended as a snack to those suffering from diabetes, too.
The aromatic essential oil of mandarin acts as an effective natural antiseptic.