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10 Health Benefits of Mangos

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10 Health Benefits of Mangos

(written by Randy Fritz)

Mangos taste so good that people forget they are also healthy!  Discover how the “king of fruits” can help you, plus learn fascinating trivia facts and a few mango cautions and concerns.

Health Benefits:

1.  Prevents Cancer:
Research has shown 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.

2.  Lowers Cholesterol:
The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff)

3.  Clears the Skin:
Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. (Read more on page 5.)

4.  Eye Health:
One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and 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. Helps in Diabetes:
Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood.  The traditional home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered decoction in the morning. Mango fruit also have a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.

7. Improved Sex:
Mangos 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 (as from whole food) does help in this area.

8. Improves Digestion:
Papayas are not the only fruit that contain enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination.

9. Remedy for Heat Stroke
Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener helps to cool down the body and prevent harm to the body. 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.

10. Boosts 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.

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Facts and trivia:

  • According to some, more mangos are eaten fresh than any other fruit in the world.
  • Originated 4,000 plus years ago.
  • Biologically a close relative with other flowering plants like cashew and pistachio.
  • Originated in sub-Himalayan plains.
  • In India where they are most heavily grown and eaten, mangos are known as “safeda.”
  • There are over 1,000 different varieties of mangos.

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Nutrition by the Numbers
One cup (225 gms contain) contains the following. Percentages apply to daily value.

  • 105 calories
  • 76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)
  • 25 percent vitamin A  (antioxidant and vision)
  • 11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)
  • 9 percent healthy probiotic fiber
  • 9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)
  • 7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
  • 4 percent magnesium

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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7:56AM PST on Feb 9, 2014

I never knew you could eat the seed...(albeit from a green mango) TY!

7:39AM PST on Feb 9, 2014

is ripe mango recommended for people with type 2 diaebetes?

6:17PM PST on Jan 29, 2014

it is now proved by many international universities like
According to the research conducted by UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA with assistance with Food science and Human Nutrition Department revealed that mango juice prevents the growth cycle of cancer cells.so buy mangoes from www.alphonsomango.in and enjoy health benifits

4:25AM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

what makes mango my favorite fruit.

6:43AM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

I believe there is now also a weight loss pill with African Mango extract which is all the rage. The adds are making extravagant claims of weight loss. I grew up in South Africa where wild mango and avocado trees littered the semi rural landscape. We played in the trees and built tree-houses throughout the year and in the summer months, we ate mango's and avo's from morning till night and there was not a fat one among us and we never were ill. Perhaps we were simply lucky or perhaps it was the lifestyle or a combination of Mango, Avo, swinging from trees and luck.

3:00AM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

Thanks for this article! I love Mango!!!!

8:07AM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

Thank you for sharing

11:05PM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

Love the small yellow mangoes! Thanks

8:59AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Mangoes are so good..

7:25AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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