The next time you’re at the market, remember this: mangoes are called the king of fruits. This is not a coincidence. Their taste is heavenly, worthy to be a dessert for the highest class of palates. They have hundreds of different possible presentations and can thus be eaten at any stage of ripeness. However, for the ones who enjoy taking a bite right into the fruit, it’s best to have it ripe when it’s tastiest. There are also hundreds of kinds of mangoes, which gives you the opportunity to try their very varied flavors.
But as the saying goes: for every action, there is a reaction. What happens after you eat this exquisite meal? Well, it turns out that mangoes are not only tasty, but are recommended by many nutritionists and healthcare experts for the enormous amount of health benefits they provide. Here are the top 7 awesome health benefits of mangoes:
1. Mangoes help fight cancer
In the peels and the kernels of the mango fruit, scientists have found an abundance of gallotannins. Their studies have also found that gallotanins have anti-oxidant properties and anti-proliferative effects on cancer cells. This means that eating one mango every day may help slow cancer down. The peels of this fruit are also rich in pectin, which is also known to block metastasis in certain kinds of cancer (source). But this is not all. Mango has also been found to possess beta-carotene, which has anti-oxidant features which fight against unstable molecules called free radicals. The damage produced by these molecules may lead to cancer. Therefore, eating mango may not only be able to help fight cancer once it happens, but may also help prevent it.
2. Mangoes lower cholesterol levels
Although mangoes are high in calories, they are also very nutritive. If you take out a high-calorie part of your meal and substitute it with a mango, not only will you not see an increase in your weight, but the previously mentioned pectin, found in mango peels, will help you reduce the level of cholesterol in your blood by a significant amount. (source). And if you want to gain weight, all you have to do is eat it as a dessert and not take anything out from your precious meal. This will give you the weight control that you look for while letting you enjoy this divinely exotic fruit.
3. Mangoes improve digestion
Mangoes are extremely rich in fibers! Fibers help lower cholesterol and sugar levels in your blood. Eating mangoes can help you reach a weight where you’re comfortable. Fibers can also help soften and join together your stools. This means that by eating one mango every day, you may achieve better bowel movements, which will greatly lower your risk of getting hemorrhoids, while maintainting optimal bowel health.
4. Mangoes contribute to mental health
Mangoes are rich in vitamin B6, which has been found to improve memory function and to help prevent Alzheimer’s. This very important vitamin at all ages also helps produce norepinephrine and serotonin, which are called the “happy hormones”, since they help control your mood, energy and concentration. (source) These hormones have also been found to reduce the occurrence of ADHD in children. Have your children eat mangoes every time they can and you’ll contribute to having them grow healthily into adulthood.
6. Mangoes improve your eyesight
Mangoes contain large amounts of Vitamin A and B6. These vitamins have been shown to be essential for maintaining good eyesight and for preventing the loss of this very appreciated faculty. (source vitamin B, vitamin A) They also help you improve your ability to see at night, reduce the effects of age in eyesight and reduce the frequency of itchy eyes, since they help you stay hydrated and thus prevent eye dryness.
7. Mangoes promote skin health
The first use for mangoes is eating them. When you do this, your body extracts vitamins A and C and these help you produce collagen proteins, which protect your blood vessels and connective tissues and thus slow down the effect of aging on your skin. It has also been discovered that Vitamin A reduces the skin’s oil production, which solves the problem of acne.
The second use for mangoes is mashing their fiber-rich pulp, adding milk to it and applying it on your skin. This natural remedy will open up your clogged pores and stop the production of acne. Meanwhile, its antioxidant features will rejuvenate your skin and protect it from the rays of the sun. Note that this will also healthily lighten your skin since its vitamins improve blood circulation.
Mangoes are not only tasty, but they provide an enormous amount of benefits to your health. Eating them regularly can help you prevent cancer, cholesterol-based diseases and conditions, obesity and anemia. Their high-fiber composition also helps with digestion and bowel health. They also help you maintain a healthy brain and mind and improve your eyesight and your appearance.
Now, what can you do with this information? The next time you go to the market, remember the king of fruits. Buy some mangoes and add them to your own diet and to your family’s. Eat a mango. Share a mango. Buy a mango, sell a mango. Practice generosity and give your family a mango and eat it together. There is nothing better than having a healthy community around you, and sharing mangoes and your newly-acquired knowledge about them can become the first step toward this goal.