Mangoes are a much loved fruit all over the world, thanks to its flexibility and availability even though they are meant for hot climates. Today India is the world’s largest producer of mangoes, followed by China, Thailand, Brazil, and Mexico. This fruit is exported and imported all over the world due to its high demand. Along with the excellent taste of mangoes, there are several nutritional values that most people don’t know about. Mangoes contain very low saturated fat, and are high on dietary fibre, iron, vitamins A, B6, C, potassium, magnesium, copper, and beta-carotene Lutein. All of these are very rich antioxidants that help in maintaining an all-embracing positive health situation.
Here are some of the nutritional benefits of mangoes:
Aids digestion: Mangoes contain a very high quantity of bio-active digestive enzymes like esters and terpenes that help in breaking down the food and helping it pass through the digestive tract. Along with this, mangoes also contain dietary fibre, magnesium, iron, and antioxidants which are helpful in carrying out the process of digestion at a steady pace. The beta-carotene present in mangoes also promotes efficient liver functioning, leading to improved digestion and excretion. One mango or a glass of concentrated mango juice each day can boost your digestive health.
Prevents cancer: Mangoes are a storehouse for antioxidants, pectin, iron, beta-carotene, and vitamins B-complexes and C. All these ingredients are excellent for their anti-carcinogenic characteristics. They prevent the free radicals under your skin and in your blood from spreading around. Regular intake of at least 200 grams of ripe mangoes can prevent cancerous growths in your colon, breasts, prostate, liver, stomach, and intestines. What better way to be healthy than to grab some awesome tasting fruits to snack on?!
Prevents anaemia: Mangoes contain a high dose of iron, which helps in increasing the number of red blood cells in your body. According to the latest research by nutritional experts, eating a bowl of fresh ripe mangoes or drinking a glass of mango juice daily can help prevent the risk of anaemia by nearly 23%.
Cures acne: Mangoes help open the blocked pores under your skin and cleanse the toxins lying there. This fruit is also extremely helpful in removing tan from your skin. Applying mango paste or rubbing mango peels helps soften your skin and remove acne as a result of enlarged pores. Apart from this, eating about 200 gram of ripe mangoes daily helps prevent rashes, pimples, and cancer of the skin due to its iron, beta-carotene, magnesium, and multivitamin content.
Controls blood sugar: This is probably the best news for diabetic mango lovers! Let go of the age-old misconception surrounding mangoes being associated to a spike in blood sugar levels. Mangoes contain a high concentration of vitamins A and C, iron, dietary fibre, beta-carotene, and a very low gyclaemic index, which prevent your blood sugar level from rising. The vitamins and dietary fibre; in particular; help in burning the excess glucose and preventing diabetes; especially the second type known as diabetes mellitus. Apart from this, mango leaves are extremely useful in controlling blood sugar. Boil a bowl of water with raw mango leaves in it. Soak the leaves in the boiled water overnight and drink the concoction in the morning on an empty stomach.
Promotes neurological health: Vitamin B6 is an essential component required for improving brain functioning. Vitamins A and B complexes enhance the functioning of your brain’s neurotransmitters and cells. Eat a bowl of ripe mangoes daily reduces the chances of encountering neurological complications by nearly 17%.
Prevents heat stroke: Raw mangoes are a very good cooling agent. The concentration of diuretics in raw mangoes helps in proper digestion and cleansing the toxins, which keeps your stomach cool and free from irritation. As a result, you tend to feel less dizzy during the harsh summers. Drinking a glass of tasty raw mango juice is an excellent method of keeping your nerves as well as taste buds cool and happy!
Protects eyes: Vitamins protect your eyes from macular degeneration and depreciation of the optic nerve. Mangoes contain a high concentration of fibre, vitamin A, and beta-carotene, which promote better eyesight and prevent night blindness. Eating one cup of mangoes on a regular basis, accounts for about 25% of your daily recommended vitamin A intake, and about 20% of fibre intake.
Mangoes are called the “king of fruits” for the sole reason that it not only provides a high concentration of nutrients, but it also is extremely tasty and can be consumed in various forms. You can keep your cool during summers, by indulging in a thick mango smoothie, milk shake, salad, chutney or pickle, or just the plain fruit right out from beneath the skin! Most children and adults love the taste of this fruit, making it easy for parents and caretakers to administer it in their diet. Try out the wonderful recipes with mangoes and you’ll be a happier soul residing in a healthier body!