10 health benefits of mangoes you should be enjoying
Everywhere is popping with colour as mangoes have hit the stands in different markets in Nigeria. Mangoes taste so good that some people forget they are also healthy. For decades, mangoes have been used to soothe the stomach. They contain some enzymes that soothe stomach problems.
If you have at least one mango every day, you almost prevent piles, constipation and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) because Mango is rich in fiber.
According to a research published in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety revealed that dietary fiber has a positive effect on eliminating degenerative diseases, including certain heart conditions and cancers.
Another benefit you enjoy when you eat mangoes is taking in high potassium content into your body as you go through your normal strenuous day-to-day activities.
Here are 10 ways mangoes popularly known as the “king of fruits” can improve your heath:
They promote brain health
Mangoes contain vitamin B6, which is vital for maintaining and improving the brain’s function. These vitamins aid in the amalgamation of the major neurotransmitters that contribute to determining mood and the modification of sleeping patterns.
They prevent cancer
Research has shown that this fruit contain antioxidant compounds that protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as enzymes.
They can be used body scrub
Applying mango scrub on your body gives you a smoother and tender skin. You can make a paste by mashing mangoes and adding honey and milk to it. Gently massage and leave on for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off to get a great skin.
They lower cholesterol
The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein which is the bad stuff.
They clear your skin
Mangoes can be used both internally and externally for your skin. They can help clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. The Copper in this fruit reduces fine lines and wrinkles, lightens the skin and fights against damage from free radicals. Potassium keeps cells hydrated to moisturize the skin. Magnesium helps to reduce oily skin and acne. Beta-carotene boosts immunity and protects the skin against bacteria and toxins.
They improve eye health
One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A which promotes good eye sight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.
They may help with Diabetes
Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. The traditional home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered mixture in the morning. Mango fruit also has a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
They cure Anemia
This fruit is rich in iron, which makes them beneficial for people suffering from anemia. A moderate regular intake of mangoes can help eliminate anemia by increasing the red blood cell count in the body.
They boost your immune system
Mangoes are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful carotenoid. This element helps to enhance the immune system and keep your immune system strong and healthy.
They are useful in pregnancy
Mangoes are beneficial for pregnant women since they fulfill the iron requirements during pregnancy. Doctors often prescribe iron tablets during pregnancy, but instead of loading your system with these supplements, you can enjoy a healthy iron-rich diet with this juicy fruit.