Mango is called the king of fruits not just for its taste and super flashy yellow color, but also for the array of health benefits it offers. Here are 15 healthy reasons to stock up on mangoes this summer.
Antioxidants like quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat present in mango protect the body against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.
Keeps Cholesterol in check
Mango has high level of vitamin C, pectin and fibers that help to lower serum cholesterol levels.
Mangoes help you unclog your pores and add freshness to the face. Mangoes are applicable to any skin type.
Alkalises the Body
Mango is rich in tartaric acid, malic acid and traces of citric acid that primarily help in maintaining the alkali reserve of the body.
Mango has a lot of vitamins and nutrients that help the body feel fuller. Also, the fibrous fruit boosts the digestive function of the body by burning additional calories, helping in weight loss.
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 decoction in the morning. This is helps in regulating your insulin levels.
Mango has a low glycemic index (41-60) so going a little overboard will not increase your sugar levels.
Mango has aphrodisiac qualities and is also called the ‘love fruit’. Mangoes increase the virility in men.
Did you know that mango is rich in vitamin A. One cup of sliced mangoes equals 25% intake of your daily need of vitamin A. Mangoes help in promoting good eye sight, fights dry eyes and also prevent night blindness.
Helps in Digestion
Mango contains enzymes that help in breaking down protein. The fibrous nature of mango helps in digestion and elimination.
When the sun is bogging you down this summer, just chop of a mango in a juicer; add a little water and a tbsp of sugar free or honey. This juice will instantly cool you down and prevent heat stroke.
Strengthens Your Immune
The deadly combination of vitamin C, vitamin A and 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy.
One cup (225 gms contain) contains the following percentages that 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 fibre
• 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
Make a paste of mashed mango, honey and milk and use as a body scrub, you will feel that your skin is tender and smooth.
Aids Concentration and Memory
Feed mangoes to children who find it difficult to concentrate on studies. The glutamine acid found in mangoes help in keeping cells alive and boosting memory.
High Iron for Women
Mango is rich in iron, hence it is a great natural solution for people suffering from anemia. Menopausal women can indulge in mangoes as this will increase their iron levels and calcium at the same time.
Mango also contains a lot of tryptophan, the precursor of the 'happiness hormone' serotonin.