Health Benefits of Mango
Mangoes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors depending on the type of cultivar. Mangoes can be as small as a ping pong ball or large enough to weigh 4 to 5 pounds. Their shape also varies from oval, round, heart shaped to kidney shaped or long and slender. They have a smooth outer skin, which is green when unripe but turns to golden yellow, bright yellow or orange-red on ripening, depending upon the cultivar type. The inner flesh is juicy and orange to yellow in color with several fibers emerging from its centrally located flat, oval shaped seed, which is usually a single embryo but sometimes can also be poly-embryonic. It has a pleasant and rich flavor, which is a combination of sweet with a mild tartness. All varieties of mangoes have been hailed as delicacies and are used in several recipes including savory dishes, desserts, and smoothies. Unripe mangoes are used to make pickles. They are a rich source of vitamins A, C and D. Mangoes are available from April to August.
Health Benefits of Mango
1. Decreased Risk of Cancer
The nutrients and antioxidants in mangoes make them a weapon against cancer, especially breast and colon cancers. Mangoes contain various antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, which protect the body against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.
2. 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 the night and drink the filtered decoction in the morning. This helps in regulating your insulin levels.
3. Improve Digestion
One primary reason mangoes are great for digestion is the presence of a fiber that prevents constipation. Fiber also keeps us full for long. It keeps our colon clean and allows it to work optimally. In addition, mangoes contain certain digestive enzymes that break down proteins and aid digestion. Fiber has also been found to maintain the health of the digestive tract, which invariably enhances digestion.
4. Useful in Pregnancy
Mangoes are also very beneficial for a pregnant woman since the iron requirements during pregnancy is extremely essential. Doctors often prescribe iron tablets during pregnancy, but instead of supplementation, you can enjoy a healthy iron-rich diet with juicy mangoes. The taste buds during pregnancy usually lose some of their sensitivity, so mangoes will surely prove to be the delight of your day, for more than just its health benefits.
5. 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. From an Ayurvedic viewpoint, the reason people often get diuretic and exhausted when visiting equatorial climates is because the strong “sun energy” is burning up your body, particularly the muscles. The kidneys then become overloaded with the toxins from this process.
6. Boosts Memory
Mangoes are said to aid concentration and memory as they contain glutamine acid that keeps cells alive hence boosting memory.
7. Boosts the Immune System
Nutritional Facts of Mango (1)