Mangos taste so good that people forget they are full of health benefits! Discover how the “king of fruits” can help you, plus fascinating trivia and a few mango cautions and concerns.
10 Health Benefits of Mangos
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 methyl gallate, 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
They 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.
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 contains 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 that 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.
- If you have a latex allergy, a reaction is possible with mangos and particularly green mangos. This reaction develops because of anacardic acid.
- Mango peel and sap contain urushiol, the chemical in poison ivy and poison sumac that can cause an allergic reaction in susceptible individuals.
- 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.
Nutrition by the Numbers
One cup (225 gms contain) contains the following. Percentages apply to daily value.
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 the production of red blood cells)
7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
4 percent magnesium
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.
This diet is NOT just mangos.
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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
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Health Benefits of Mangos for the Skin
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.
For a less serious treatment of this mud mask, you can watch me making my own at…Randy’s Homemade Mango Mud Mast
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.
Now that you know the many health benefits of mangos, time to eat them.
Deluxe Mango Crumble – Mangoes are a luxurious fruit making a mango crumble is a deluxe dessert. Mangos the King of Fruits taste so good that people forget they are also healthy!
Sweet Mango Banana Smoothie for Breakfast or a Snack – A sweet mango banana smoothie for breakfast or a snack is simply delicious. It is a naturally sweet smoothie that is quick and easy to make. Also, it is full of superfood fruits which means you will be getting lots of nutrients from a dessert-like smoothie.
Cucumber-Mint-Mango Lightness – This cucumber mango drink is so hydrating for hot summer days. Of course, it is super tasty and healthy too. It uses an unripe mango.
Mango Squares: wheat-free, egg-free, dairy-free.
The mango is so delicious and healthy we consider it a Superfood.
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READ: Superfoods – Over 100 of the Healthiest Foods You Should Have in Your Diet and learn more about the variety of Superfoods we think you should have in your diet.