7 Health Benefits Of Mangoes That You Didn't Know
By: Vineetha Reddy
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Rightfully called the 'king of fruits', mango is one of the most delicious fruits that is filled with nutritious goodness. Apart from its pleasant taste, it offers a lot of health benefits. Mangoes are one of the most cultivated fruits in tropical areas. They are available in a lot of varieties, with Alphonso being the most popular one.
Mangoes are rich in flavor and also in their nutrient value. With an abundance of vitamins and minerals, they promise excellent health. The fruit is rich in fiber and antioxidants that help boost your immunity. Here are some exciting health benefits of mangoes that you will be surprised to know about.
1. Fights Cancer
According to a study, mangoes can fight cancer due to the presence of antioxidant compounds, such as quercetin, isoquercitrin, fisetin, and astragalin, as well as some enzymes. Not just that, they also protect against breast cancer, leukemia, and other prostate cancers.
2. Delays Signs Of Aging
You can now hide your age with the help of the anti-aging fruit – mango. That’s right! Mangoes help slow down the signs of aging due to their high vitamin A and vitamin C content. Vitamin C is needed to form collagen, a protein that is found in the connective tissues and is important to maintain the skin's elasticity. Consuming mangoes regularly will protect the blood vessels and the connective tissues, hence reducing the early signs of aging.
3. Regulates Cholesterol
Mango is filled with fibers, pectin, and high levels of vitamin C that effectively help in lowering the serum cholesterol levels. Also, another known fact is that mangoes are rich in potassium, which happens to be the primary component that helps to control the heart rate and blood pressure.
4. Enhances Immunity
Mangoes are rich in beta-carotene, which is known to boost the immune system. It creates a shield around the body, making it resistant to bacteria and toxins. Unknowingly, you are giving your body strength and restoring its energy as well. Mangoes, being rich in carotenoids, keep your immune system functioning well. This antioxidant rich fruit offers many more nutrition factors that improve health.
5. Improves Digestion
The process of digestion runs smoothly, thanks to mangoes. They maintain the colon and allow it to work well. This is due to the digestive enzymes that have probiotic dietary fiber present in them that maintains digestive health. These delicious fruits are widely used to soothe the stomach and eliminate any discomfort.
6. Promotes Concentration
Consuming mangoes also improves brain health. They contain glutamine acid, an essential protein that enhances concentration and memory. Regular consumption of mangoes also improves nerve functioning. So, go ahead and enjoy them without any restraint.
7. Treats Diabetes
Mangoes, as a whole, are considered to be extremely healthy. You might be surprised to learn that this delicious fruit can be a remedy for diabetes. Even the leaves have immense health benefits. They contain tannins that can help in the early treatment of diabetes. Simply soak a few leaves in warm water overnight. Strain and drink this water the next morning to regulate the insulin levels.
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Apart from these benefits, the fruit has many more benefits, such as enhancing heart health, curing anemia, improving eye health, and boosting fertility. So, say goodbye to health supplements because with mangoes, you get a package of health benefits along with mouth-watering taste.
About the Author: Vineetha Reddy
"Being a regular practitioner and adviser of everything related to nutrition, fitness, health and wellness, I also have begun to write and contribute to this knowledge ecosystem on sites like LifeHacker.co.in, StyleCraze.com an ElephantJournal.com. I strongly believe that the ingredients you find in your pantry provide the best benefits for good health."
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