10 Health Benefits of Mangos

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10 Health Benefits of Mangos

Mangos taste so good that people forget they are also healthy!
Discover how the “king of fruits” can help you, plus fascinating trivia and a few mango cautions and concerns.

Health Benefits

1.  Prevents Cancer:
Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.

2.  Lowers Cholesterol:
The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff)

3.  Clears the Skin:
Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples.

4.  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.

5.  Alkalizes 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.

eating mango

6. Helps in 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 decoction in the morning. Mango fruit also have a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.

7. Improved Sex:
Mangos are a great source of vitamin E. Even though the popular connection between sex drive and vitamin E was originally created by a mistaken generalization on rat studies, further research has shown balanced proper amounts (as from whole food) does help in this area.

8. Improves Digestion:
Papayas are not the only fruit that contain enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination.

9. Remedy for Heat Stroke
Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener helps to cool down the body and prevent harm to the body. 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.

10. Boosts Immune System: 
The generous amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangoes, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.
man holding mango

Facts and trivia:

  • According to some, more mangos are eaten fresh than any other fruit in the world.
  • Originated 4,000 plus years ago.
  • Biologically a close relative with other flowering plants like cashew and pistachio.
  • Originated in sub-Himalayan plains.
  • In India where they are most heavily grown and eaten, mangos are known as “safeda.”
  • There are over 1,000 different varieties of mangos.

mango man diet

The Mango Man  Diet:

This diet is NOT just mangos.

Dr. Wayne Pickering, The Mango Man, Has Been Helping People All Over The World To Lose Weight And Attain The Best Health Of Their Lives For More Than 30 Years.

He looks a little zany but we like his approach to health a lot!  Also he happens to be half American- half Canadian.  The picture is him at 57 years young. Click Here!

 

Nutrition by the Numbers
One cup (225 gms contain) contains the following. Percentages apply to daily value.

  • 105 calories
  • 76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)
  • 25 percent vitamin A  (antioxidant and vision)
  • 11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)
  • 9 percent healthy probiotic fiber
  • 9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)
  • 7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
  • 4 percent magnesium

mango cut properly

How to Prepare a Raw Mango Fancy Style

1. Hold the mango on its side and cut down on either side of the central seed. You will end with two big “halves” plus the central seed.
2. Place each half on the cutting board with peel facing down and cut the exposed flesh in a horizontal and vertical pattern, taking care not to cut deep through skin.
3 Then invert the whole half to push out the cubes as shown in the photo above.

I love Mango Chips

Mangos for the Skin:

Externally:
Just blending up the mango and applying to the face is fast and easy. Mangos contain beta-carotene, which is converted by your body to vitamin A. That and vitamin C are crucial to skin self-repair.

Follow this link to see a more complete recipe: Mango Mud Mask. This has all the benefits of mango plus the exfoliating benefits of oatmeal and almonds.

banana mud mask

For a less serious treatment of this mud mask, you can watch me making my own at…Randy’s Homemade Mango Mud Mast

Internally:
When eaten, mangos help resolve all skin problems including pimples. Extract the large pit or seed from green mangoes. You can eat this seed raw or cooked, or try a recipe like this Cucumber-Mint-Mango Lightness.

Do Monkeys Know Something We Don’t?

Monkeys choose to eat the seed from the green mango. Ayurvedic healers suggest that it is the seed that gives the monkey its energy and powerful strength to jump in the tress.

Cautions:

  1. If you have a latex allergy, a reaction is possible with mangos and particularly green mangos. This reaction develops because of anacardic acid.
  2. Mango peel and sap contain urushiol, the chemical in poison ivy and poison sumac that can cause an allergic reaction in susceptible individuals.
  3. Mangos are ripened by some dealers using calcium carbide which can cause serious health problems (one more reason to buy organic).  If you do have inorganic mangos, do wash them properly before consuming or soak overnight in water.

mango drink

Mango Recipes:

Deluxe Mango Crumble: Something about mangos makes them luxurious, and when made into a crumble they become divine.

Cucumber-Mint-Mango Lightness: A cooling and refreshing drink using green mangos.

Mango Squares:   wheat free, egg free,  dairy free.

The mango is so delicious and healthy we consider it a Powerfood.

Other Powerfoods to check out:

Check out the Mango Man Diet

By | 2017-10-29T15:41:41+00:00 March 22nd, 2012|PowerFoods|25 Comments

About the Author:

A certified Nutritional Consultant, Randy has been teaching health and personal development principles for over 30 years and has personally helped individuals with over 10,000 Body Health Assessments.

25 Comments

  1. John Methew April 19, 2012 at 12:21 am

    @admin – are mangoes are good for diabetic patients ?

  2. Ogbudu Amuzo August 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I’m among those who naturally hate mango and after reading this article, I will be taking it almost every day

  3. hanna smith February 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    excellent read. Cant wait for more

  4. Olivier81 February 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Great share. Waiting for more

  5. sweedal March 4, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Its tooo good…..!!!! Asume…. M loving it….

  6. Aghogho Ofurumazi April 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Beautiful to know .

  7. Obi,Obioma Chinedum April 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I am delighted for accessing this important information.Thanks alot.

  8. OGBOR KINGSLEY April 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I LUV THE CONTENT

  9. Mary May 3, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I am delighted for accessing this info, I always thought i ate too much mango now I am happy that i did

  10. SHREENIVAS May 7, 2013 at 12:33 am

    I NEVER KNEW THAT MANGOES DECREASE OR CONTROL SUGAR LEVELS AND GOOD BOON FOR DIABETIC PEOPLE

  11. Randy Fritz May 8, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Thanks for your comment. Just to be clear, it is the LEAVES and NOT the fruit the help control diabetes. Eating TOO MUCH mango fruit could raise your blood sugar just like any fruit -even though it has a relatively low glycemic index.

  12. Randy Fritz May 8, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Hi Mary. I’m happy that you are happy. I hope though, that by ‘too many’ you are meaning just one or two mangos per day and not five or ten a day. IF you are balancing out your body, you should be in tune with how much it actually needs.

  13. Sam Tsibuah May 14, 2013 at 6:37 am

    I get some funny pains in my scrotum when chew the peels of mango fruits.What’s is the effect?

  14. Randy Fritz May 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Honestly Sam, I am only guessing on this but there is a thing called ‘mango itch’ – caused when handling freshly picked mangos that have juice dripping from the stem ends. The sappy juice gets on hands and, if not washed off quickly and adequately, can be spread to other body parts for up to three days.
    The other possibility is that it is some internal reaction. Even though mangoes have a host of health benefits, there always remains of possibility that your unique body is reacting in some way. This is the old ‘one man’s poison is another man’s medicine’ idea.
    Just so you know, a lot of people don’t like the skins and don’t bother with them.

  15. Kj May 17, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Im eating one as we speak delish 🙂

  16. Ed Joven @ Filipino Pork Recipes May 23, 2013 at 7:58 am

    never knew that mango has so many essential nutrients to keep you healthy. will definitely add mango on my weekly grocery list. thanks 😉

  17. esther June 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Fyi, Florida Mangos are the best. They are fresh, juicy, sweet and produce in the great USA.
    Enjoy.

  18. esther June 11, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Florida Mangos are the best. They are fresh, juicy, sweet and produce in the great USA.
    Enjoy.

  19. Marhis Raymond April 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I grew up in the Carribean on a large property with lots of mangoes, avocadoes, orange, grapefruits, and many others. We ate lots of mangoes of course just because we loved them. Good to know they have so many health benefits. Wish I could have them here in NYC and don’t have to pay for them. Thanks for the info.

  20. Denis Ofoyuru May 1, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Useful info. It was great to share.

  21. Denis Ofoyuru May 1, 2014 at 4:53 am

    I have to go back my mango eating habits of those good old days. Mangoes are quite affordable in Gulu.

  22. Thomas tumto March 3, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Comment…great news

  23. Eve S. Gaysue April 30, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Honestly speaking I just ate four mangoes. I like consuming plenty of them on a daily basis whenever the season for them reaches in Liberia. Really I love making research on any fruit I eat much. I’m happy that I got every necessary information tonight about mango. Moreover: I now know how many I should eat in a day.

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