The mango might just be the king of all fruits. It can help fight against cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, aid in digestion, cleanse your skin, and it makes the perfect healthy snack.
What’s in a mango?
Health Impact News breaks it down for us:
1 cup of mangoes (225g) contains the following percentages that apply to daily value.
76% vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)
25% vitamin A (antioxidant and vision)
11% vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)
9% healthy probiotic fibre
9% copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)
7% potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
If you need more reasons to include this delicious food in your diet, here are 10 of the best:
01. Helps to Fight Against Cancer
Antioxidants like quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat are all found in mangoes. These help protect the body against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.
02. Helps Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels
Mangoes have high levels of vitamin C, pectin and fibers which help to lower serum cholesterol levels.
Eating fresh mango gives your body access to a rich source of potassium, which is an important component of cell and body fluids that help to control heart rate and blood pressure.
03. Skin Cleanser
Mangoes are an applicable cleanser for any skin type. They can help to clear clogged pores that cause acne and blackheads. Simply slice a mango into thin sections and place them on your face for 10 to 15 minutes. Then a bath or wash your face with a gentle circular motion and watch the incredible results.
04. Alkalizes the body
According to NaturalHealthySchool.com, mango is rich in tartaric acid, malic acid and traces of citric acid. All are a primary key in maintaining the alkali reserve of the body.
05. Helps with Weight Loss
Eating mangoes can help you feel fuller, longer, thanks to the plentiful vitamins and nutrients they contain. Additionally, the fruit’s fibrous nature boosts the digestive function of the body by burning additional calories, assisting with weight loss.
06. Considered an Aphrodisiac
Mangoes have aphrodisiac qualities and are also called the ‘love fruit’. They can increase the virility in men, and stimulate oxytocin release in women. Vitamin E, which is abundant in mangoes, helps to regulate sex hormones and can boost libido.
07. Aids with Digestion
Mangoes contain enzymes which help with breaking down proteins. The fibrous consistency of mango helps the body to easily digest, and pass, food. It is rich in probiotic dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals.
08. Heat Stroke
When the sun is wearing you down this summer, simply chop up some mango in a juicer; add a little water and a spoonful of honey. This juice will instantly cool you down and prevent heat stroke by replenishing vital nutrients and hydration.
09. Useful In Improving Memory and Concentration
Have an exam coming up? Need to make an important presentation?
This fruit is high in glutamine acid– a vital protein for concentration and memory function. Give mangoes to children who seem to have difficulty with concentrating on studies.
10. Helps Reduce Kidney Stones
Chinese medicine considers mangoes to be both sweet and sour, with a soothing energy capable of reducing the risk of kidney stone formation.
(h/t Health Impact News)