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In Soviet times, tangerines appeared in stores in December, and so firmly associated with the New Year - and their children's gifts put, and put on the table, and even hung on the Christmas tree! Now mandarins sold almost all year round, but still cause us a sense of celebration: juicy taste, bright color, unique zapah- everything you need! About what useful properties have these miracle fruits, says Yakov Marshak.

The origin of the name is associated with the geographical discovery of sea routes and the development of trade between Portugal and China: The word "Mandar", in Portuguese, "command" is derived from the Sanskrit "mantra", meaning "minister" or "official". "Mandarin" (our "commander") - so, probably, the Portuguese turned to his officials, counterparts from the Chinese side. Then, the whole Chinese elite, and its language became known as tangerines. This title also moved into one of the most expensive and exotic fruits, which the Portuguese bought in China - Chinese orange or tangerine Naranjo. Now the fruit we call a tangerine.

Tangerines are tasty, smell good, and besides, they are very useful. Two mandarin provide the daily requirement for vitamin C. It is a good source of easily digestible macronutrients calcium, magnesium and potassium, and vitamins A, V1, V2, K, and R. In addition, tangerines contain a substance synephrine which activates the release of fat by adipose tissue, so if there are tangerine and give the load on the muscles adjacent to disturbing places you fat deposits burning of fat occurs more efficiently.

Volatile mandarin have antifungal and antimicrobial effect. Eating mandarins with bronchitis and other catarrhal diseases of the upper airways leads to mucus liquefaction and purification of the bronchi.

Flavonoids mandarin - nobiletin and tangeretin - capable of reducing the synthesis of proteins, forming "bad" cholesterol in the liver: they reduce the production of low-density lipoproteins, which are risk factors for atherosclerosis, heart and arteries. In addition, the exclusion from the diet of foods with a high glycemic index mandarins reduces the amount of triglycerides and cholesterol. The glycemic index is low mandarins themselves, a little less than that of oranges (about 40). Thus, tangerines useful there, of course, not overeating, people with diabetes 2-type.

In its composition contains mandarins Dcitric - this is what determines the odorant pleasant scent of tangerine. Thanks to the many medical properties (including calming the nervous system and stimulating performance) tangerine oil is used in aromatherapy. In addition, D-limonene to activate the specific liver enzymes that inactivate excess estrogen, preventing the development of tumors of the prostate and breast, while he does not have any side effects.

Thus, tangerines are not only tasty and healthy food, they also have many healing properties needed to maintain human health.   


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