Con­sti­pated? try eat­ing a mango

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A Texas A& M Univer­sity pi­lot study pub­lished in Molec­u­lar Nu­tri­tion and Food Re­search found that man­gos, rich in polyphe­nols and fiber, may be more ef­fec­tive than pow­dered fiber in re­liev­ing con­sti­pa­tion. For the four- week study, 36 adult men and women with chronic con­sti­pa­tion were ran­domly di­vided into two groups: the mango group ate about 300 grams of mango per day ( equiv­a­lent to about 2 cups or 1 mango), while the fiber group added a com­pa­ra­ble amount of fiber pow­der into their daily diet ( 1 tea­spoon or 5 grams of di­etary psyl­lium fiber sup­ple­ment). Mea­sures of con­sti­pa­tion sever­ity were taken at the be­gin­ning and end of four weeks, and both the mango and fiber groups im­proved over the course of the study. How­ever, man­gos were found to be more ef­fec­tive in re­duc­ing con­sti­pa­tion symp­toms than fiber alone. Mango con­sump­tion also helped to re­duce cer­tain biomark­ers of in­flam­ma­tion.

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