Mangoes are not only delicious, but they are nutritious. They are considered as the “King of fruits”. They originated from South Asia and have now become one of the most cultivated fruits in the Tropics. Mangoes are rich in vitamin A, B, C, E and K. They also contain amino acids, flavanoids, potassium., calcium, magnesium, niacin and iron. They are high in fiber, low in sodium and calories.
A team of scientists found that mangoes contain phenols and enzymes that prevented or stopped breast, leukemia, colon cancer, lung and prostate cancer. Also, there is a strong link between the consumption of large amounts of fiber and Vitamin C with the prevention and reduction of cancer. Mangoes contain quercetin, an antioxidant which acts as an anti-inflammatory and antihistamine agent. Research done at the University of Maryland Medical Center, showed that quercetin may lower the risk of cancer and heart disease. Mangoes also contain mangiferin an antioxidant that has been shown to stop the growth of tumors and lowers build up of mucus in rats. Research has also shown that mangiferin protects the body from Parkinson’s disease.
Mangoes contain large amounts of dietary fibers, pectin and Vitamin C which lower the serum cholesterol levels, particularly the Low-Density Lipoprotein cholesterol or LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).
Mangoes contain Vitamin E, which helps to regulate sex hormones and boost sex drive. Vitamin E, also known as the ‘sex vitamin’ due to its ability to increase sexual desire.
One cup of mangoes contains 25% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A, which helps prevent night blindness, dryness of eyes, softening of the cornea, itching and burning of the eyes. Mangoes also contain Vitamin E, which improves and maintains healthy eye.
Mangoes when eaten, soothes the stomach by lowering the acidity and improving digestion. They contain digestive enzymes such as esters, aldehydes and terpenes which help break down food and improve digestion.
Mangoes can be used internally and externally for clearing up acne and/or pimple from the skin. Apply mango pulp to face for 10 minutes, then rinse to unclog pores. Vitamin C, in mango helps in collagen formation, which keeps the skin firm. Mangoes provide a rich source of beta carotene (Vitamin A), which has beneficial effects on acne and pimples. Mango skin is rich in AHA (alpha hydroxyl acids) and is used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin.
Studies have shown that glutamine acid in mangoes boost memory in children, by keeping the brain cells active.
New research is now showing that mango pulp and leaves fight diabetes. Due to mangoes low-level on the gylcemic index 41-60, they do not significantly increase the blood sugar levels. Before going to bed, place boiling water in a container (not plastic). Add 10-15 mango leaves in boiling water, cover container and leave overnight. The following morning strain and drink on empty stomach. Do this on a regular basis.
Mangoes are rich in iron and would be beneficial for those suffering from anemia. They also contain Vitamin C which helps with iron absorption.
Lower blood pressure
Mangoes contain high amounts of potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure.
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