When you savour delicious and succulent mangoes every-time, do you think about the immense health benefits coming with every bite? Do you know that mangoes are highly nutritious? Mangiferaindica, commonly known as mango, is a species of flowering plant; it is grown in over 90 countries around the world. Mangoes are cultivated mostly for their edible fruit. It is a seasonal, tropical fruit which blooms during the rainy periods in Nigeria. Mangoes are highly nutritious and rich in minerals, fibre and vitamins; mangoes are used in a wide variety of juices, sauces, salads and desserts around the world.
Mangoes are generally sweet, although the tastes and texture of the flesh varies – some having a soft, pulpy texture, while the flesh of others is firmer. There are many different kinds of mangoes that range in colour, shape, and flavour and seed size. While the skin colour of mangoes can vary from green to red, yellow or orange, the inner flesh of the mango is mostly a golden yellow.
Fresh mangoes are low in calories and contain beneficial nutrients, which are a healthy addition to your diet. To those who are dieting and to those who just like to stay healthy every once in a while, eating mangoes is a delightful way to spin your menu up. Not only are mangoes sweet and healthy, they tend to fill us up.
Vitamin A: Mangoes supply a healthy dose of vitamin A. You need adequate amounts of vitamin A in your diet to support healthy eyes and proper bone growth. Mangoes supply 1,785 IU of vitamin A in a 1 cup serving. This is about 35 percent of the vitamin A your body needs daily for good health.
Weight Loss: Mangoes contain fibre, which can be a great contributor towards weight loss. In a University of Minnesota study, it was proved that dietary fibre, especially obtained from the consumption of fruits and vegetables, can aid weight loss.
Cancer: In a study conducted by Texas Agri-Life Research, food scientists tested mango polyphenol extracts in-vitro on colon, breast, lung, leukaemia and prostate cancers. Mangoes were shown to have some impact on all cancers tested, but were most effective with breast and colon cancers. The researchers are hoping to do a small clinical trial with individuals who have increased inflammation in their intestines with a higher risk for cancer, for further proof for the efficacy of using mangoes in cancer prevention or treatment.
Lowers Cholesterol: The high levels of fibre, pectin and vitamin C, help to lower serum cholesterol levels, especially low-density lipoprotein.
Improve hair health: Mangoes are rich sources of vitamin C, and hence promote collagen production for healthy hair .If you have dull hair and are wondering how to make it shiny, include vitamin A in your diet – it has scalp conditioning properties
Digestion: Mangoes, because of their fibre and water content, help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract.
It helps to ward off heart disease: The fibre, potassium and vitamin content in mangoes all help 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.
Lowers blood pressure: Mangoes are rich in potassium – a key mineral that helps lower blood pressure. As per a report published by Stanford Hospital and Clinics, mangoes are a rich source of potassium and can help prevent hypertension
Skin and Hair: Mangoes are also great for your hair because they contain vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturised. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. Adequate intake of vitamin C, which 1-cup of mango per day can provide, is needed for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair.
Boost eye health: The vitamin A and beta-carotene in mangoes help boost eye health. The severest cases of vitamin A deficiency can even lead to blindness. A report published by the Oregon State University seconds the fact. Vitamin A improves eye health and vision.