Health benefits of Mango that you never knew about
Up there with the most delicious and sumptuous fruits of all times is Mango. A fruit that in Nigeria comes with the rainy season.
I always get excited when the mango season is on. Mangoes are generally sweet, although the taste and texture of the flesh vary across cultivars, some having a soft, pulpy texture, while the flesh of others is firmer, like an avocado.
Mango is the national fruit of India and there were festivals – some till this day – celebrating mangoes only. Apparently, the fruit first made its appearance 30 million years ago in the area now known as Northeast India before moving to the south of the country. It was the visiting Portuguese explorers who named it mango, a corruption of its Malayali name, maanga.
Added to the sweet, luscious taste of the fruit are immense health benefits coming with every bite.
Health Benefits of Mango
1. Prevents Cancer
Antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, prostate cancers and leukaemia.
2. Lowers Cholesterol
The high levels of fibre, pectin and vitamin C help to lower the level of bad cholesterol in the serum.
3. Clears the Skin
Mangoes help clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. Mangoes can be used both internally and externally for the skin.
4. Good Eye Sight
One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A which promotes good eyesight, prevents night blindness and dry eyes.
5. Alkalizes the Whole Body
The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in the fruit help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.
6. May Help with Diabetes
Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. The traditional home remedy involves boiling Mango leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming in the morning. Mango fruit also has a relatively low glycemic index so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
7.Promotes Healthy Sex
Mangoes are a great source of vitamin E. Even though the popular connection between sex drive and vitamin E was originally created by a mistaken generalization on rat studies, further research has shown balanced proper amounts does help.
Papayas are not the only fruit that contains enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fibre in mangoes also helps digestion and elimination.
9.Helps Fight Heat Stroke
Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener helps to cool down the body and prevent harm from overheating.
10.Boosts the Immune System
The generous amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangos, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.