Summer not only brings sunshine and warmth, but delicious tropical fruits such as mangos start appearing on shelves at your local fruit and veg shop, or if you are lucky enough to live in the warmer States you can buy them direct from the farmer at farmers markets. Often referred to as the “king of fruits”, mangos don’t just taste delicious, they also have a host of health benefits including:
Possible cancer prevention: according to research by Texas A&M researchers has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukaemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.
Clears the Skin: both internally and externally for the skin, mangos help clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. Enjoy our Mango, Passionfruit and Coconut Chia Pudding or, or make your own skin care recipe, by simply blending up a mango and applying. Mangos contain beta-carotene, which is converted by your body to vitamin A. Vitamin C and A are crucial to help the skin self-repair.
Improves 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.
Alkalises 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.
May Help with Diabetes: mango leaves help normalise 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 has a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
In addition according to The Diabetes Council :
“One of the non-listed components of mangos is a substance known as mangiferin—which, in addition to anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activities, also can help lower blood sugar levels. This substance also has been shown to stabilise and support blood vessels. Other research indicated that other components in mangos including quercetin and a derivative of mangiferin can modulate the same cellular constituents that are the targets of the anti-diabetes drugs, the thiazolidinediones also known as the glitazones which include rosiglitazone and pioglitazone.”
Boosts the 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.
Improves Digestion: In comparison to other tropical fruits, mangoes provide the highest amount of total dietary fibre. Approximately 3g of fibre can be found in 100g of natural fruit. The high-fibre content can reduce the chance of gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease.
A study published in “Gastroenterology” in 2013 has shown a strong inverse relationship with fibre intake from fruit and Crohn’s disease. Consuming mangoes on a regular basis throughout your life may also improve digestion or the outcome of a gastrointestinal disorder.
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.