I decided to explore the 10 Health Benefits of Mango due to my love for mangoes. I love to include mangoes in my recipes, like my Mango Avocado Salsa, Mango Chia Pudding, and Mango Cheesecake.

This tropical fruit rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. They also contain amino acids, flavonoids, potassium., calcium, magnesium, niacin, and iron. They are high in fiber and low in sodium and calories.

10 Health Benefits of Mango

In the realm of nutritional superstars, the humble mango, a tropical stone fruit, stands out as a vibrant and delectable treasure trove of wellness.

As we delve into the pages of this article, we uncover the myriad health benefits of mangoes that extend far beyond their mouthwatering sweetness. In fact, I think these benefits make mango the king of fruits.

cut mango on a cutting board

From bolstering the immune system with a rich array of vitamins and antioxidants to promoting digestive health and aiding weight management, mangoes offer a wealth of advantages for those who savor their succulence.

Join us on a flavorful journey through the science-backed virtues of this tropical delight, and discover how incorporating mangoes into your diet can be a delectable path to a healthier, more vibrant you.

1. Boosts the Immune System

Mangoes, not only delicious but also nutritious, offer a host of health benefits for the immune system. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, particularly vitamin C, A, and beta-carotene, mangoes play a crucial role in supporting immune function.

Vitamin C, known for its immune-boosting properties, helps stimulate the production of white blood cells and enhances the body’s defense against infections.

Additionally, the high fiber content in mangoes promotes a healthy gut microbiome, which is closely linked to immune health.

The fruit also contains powerful antioxidants that combat free radicals and reduce inflammation, further strengthening the immune system.

Incorporating mangoes into your diet can be a tasty way to bolster your body’s defenses and maintain overall health.

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2. Prevent Cancer

A team of scientists found that mangoes contain phenols and enzymes that help to prevent or stop 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 that 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 the build-up of mucus in rats. Research has also shown that mangiferin protects the body from Parkinson’s disease.

3. Lower Cholesterol

Mangoes contain large amounts of dietary fibers, pectin, and Vitamin C which lower serum cholesterol levels, particularly the Low-Density Lipoprotein cholesterol or LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).

4. Increase Libido

Mangoes contain Vitamin E, which helps to regulate sex hormones and boost sex drive. Vitamin E, is also known as the ‘sex vitamin’ due to its ability to increase sexual desire.

5. Improve Vision

One cup of mangoes contains 25% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A, which improves eye health by helping to 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 a healthy eye.

6. Improve Digestion

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.

7. Skin Health

Mangoes can be used internally and externally for clearing up acne and/or pimple on the skin. Apply mango pulp to the 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-hydroxy acids) and is used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin.

cut and whole mango on a cutting board

8. Improve Memory

Studies have shown that glutamine acid in mangoes boosts memory in children, by keeping the brain cells active.

9. Diabetes

New research is now showing that mango pulp and leaves fight diabetes. Due to mangoes’ low-level on the glycemic index of 41-60, they do not significantly increase blood sugar levels.

Before going to bed, place boiling water in a container (not plastic). Add 10-15 mango leaves in boiling water, cover the container, and leave overnight.

The following morning strain and drink on empty stomach. Do this on a regular basis.

10. Prevent Anemia

Mangoes are rich in iron and would be beneficial for those suffering from anemia. They also contain Vitamin C which helps with iron absorption.

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References

  • Research Studies show mango may help prevent breast cancer
  • http://www.mango.org/Mangos/media/Media/Documents/Research%20And%20Resources/Research/Industry/Nutrition/Glucose_Lipids_Exec_Summary_Eng.pdf?ext=.pdf</li>
  • https://www.caltonnutrition.com/vitamins-can-be-sexy/</li>
  • http://humansciences.okstate.edu/nsci/index.php/component/content/article/1-latest/56-nsci-research-finds-health-benefits-in-mangos</li>