It’s the season of mangoes again, and very soon, fresh and juicy mangoes will flood the market, that is if they have not started already. Yes, mangoes are sweet but apart from being tasty, do you know that mango also offers a number of health benefits?
Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like mangoes decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.
But before looking into mango’s health benefits, one thing you must keep in mind is that this is not talk about ready-made mango drinks but about fresh mango fruits, mangoes may very well be the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean your skin, and make the perfect snack . So here are health reasons why you should eat mangoes.
Regulates Diabetes: Not only the fruit but the leaves of mangoes are healthy too. For people suffering from diabetes, just boil 5-6 mango leaves in a vessel, soak it through night and drink the filtered water in the morning. This helps in regulating the insulin levels. Mango has a low glycemic index (41-60) so going a little overboard will not increase your sugar levels.
Anti-Ageing benefits: The antioxidants present in this fruit delay the onset of skin ageing and pigmentation, they also protect your skin against the harmful free radicals which can cause skin cancer. Vitamin C helps in curing pimples and acne. When applied directly, it smoothens out your skin and acts as a natural moisturizer.
Cancer: Diets rich in beta-carotene may also play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to study mangoes were shown to have some impact on all cancer tested but were most effective with breast and colon cancers. Research showed that antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.
Treatment of dark spots: Mango skin is also beneficial in reducing dark spots. For this purpose, you can make a powder from the sun dried mango skin and mix it with a teaspoon of yogurt. Using this as a face mask will reduce dark spots, blemishes and add a golden glow to your complexion .
Bone health: Low intakes of vitamin K have been associated with a higher risk for bone fracture, adequate Vitamin K consumption can be achieved by eating a proper intake of fruits and vegetables, and is important for improving calcium absorption which is essential for optimal bone health.
Improves digestion: Paw Paws are not the only fruits that contain enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fiber in mangoes also helps digestion and prevents constipation.
Exfoliates the skin: Prepare an exfoliating mask by blending ¼ of a peeled mango, 2 spoons of whole milk, powdered almonds and crushed oats in a blender. Apply on the face and neck for 20 minutes and rinse in lukewarm water.
Heart disease: The fiber, potassium and vitamin content in mangoes helps to ward off heart disease. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.
Treatment of dandruff: Mango contains Vitamin A which helps in fighting dandruff and adding shine to your hair. It is often used as an ingredient in hair moisturizers. Mangoes contain vitamin E which improves scalp circulation and encourages hair growth.
Weight loss: Mango has a lot of vitamins and nutrients that help the body feel fuller, the fibrous fruit boosts the digestive function of the body by burning additional calories, helping in weight loss.
Good for sensitive skin: If you have sensitive skin, you can make a face pack by mixing mango pulp, oatmeal, milk and honey. Wash your face with cold water. Pat dry and apply this paste on your skin, wash off with cold water after 15 minutes.
Keep cholesterol in check: Mango has high level of vitamin C, pectin and fibres that help to lower serum cholesterol levels. Fresh mango is a rich source of potassium, which is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps to control heart rate and blood pressure.
Boosts immune system: The generous amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin A in mangoes, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.