by Niki Kefala
Mandarins are one of my favorite fruits for winter. I love not only their taste, but also their incredible smell. “The smell of good health” as my grandma used to say. Whether you call them mandarins, tangerines or clementines, they are full of benefits for keeping a strong body and mind.
Mandarins for losing weight
Mandarins are rich in Vitamins A, C and B. Vitamin C is useful in fighting colds and this small orange fruit, contains microbial properties that prevent bacterial functions. The antioxidants present in mandarins disarm free radicals and prevent cellular damage. Also they help to lower bad cholesterol.
Mandarins are also rich in minerals like iron, magnesium, potassium (which helps to reduce blood pressure), phosphorus and calcium. It’s important to include minerals as a part of a healthy daily diet to ensure you have enough to prevent osteoporosis.
Moreover mandarins are rich in fibre and low in fat. Fibre-rich foods keep the stomach full for a longer period of time and reduce the desire or need to eat more food, assisting in weight loss. Research has revealed that mandarins can lower the risk of developing liver and breast cancer due to the carotenoids and limonene they contain in their composition.
An anti-ageing wonder
Mandarins reduce ageing signs like wrinkles because of the antioxidants. Your skin will look younger, and eating more of this powerful fruit will give you a healthy glow.
As for your hair? The antioxidant properties of mandarins help fight pollution. Hence they protect your hair by conditioning the strands. Vitamins E and B12, are essential for the proper growth of the hair. So if you like to have long hair, then incorporate mandarins into your diet and watch as your mane grows strong and healthy.
With so many wonderful health benefits, there’s no reason not to pop a couple mandarins into your bag and enjoy them during your day as a sweet and healthy treat.