Have you ever wondered exactly how fruits benefit your health? Well, today, let's talk about mangoes. There are lots of great reasons to eat mangoes on a regular basis! Here are some of them:
Keep cholesterol in check
Mangoes have high level of vitamin C, pectin and fibre that help to lower serum cholesterol levels. Fresh mango is a rich source of potassium, which is an important component of cell and body fluids, which helps to control heart rate and blood pressure.
Mangoes have a lot of vitamins and nutrients that help the body feel much fuller. Also, the fibre in this fruit boosts the digestive function of the body by burning additional calories, helping in weight loss.
Mango leaves are healthy too. If you suffer from diabetes, just boil 5-6 mango leaves in a container, soak them through night and drink the filtered decoction in the morning. This is helps in regulating your insulin levels. Mango has a low glycemic index (41-60), so going a little overboard will not increase your sugar levels.
Mangoes have aphrodisiac qualities and are also called the 'love fruit'. They increase virility in men. Vitamin E, which is abundantly present in mangoes, helps to regulate sex hormones and boost sex drive.
Did you know that mangoes are rich in Vitamin A? One cup of sliced mangoes equals a 25 per cent intake of your daily need of Vitamin A. Mangoes help in promoting good eye sight, fight dry eyes and also prevent night blindness.
Help in digestion
Mangoes contain enzymes that help in breaking down protein. The fibrous nature of mangoes helps in digestion and elimination. They are rich in pre-biotic dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals.
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Strengthens your immune system
The deadly combination of vitamins C and A and 25 different kinds of carotenoids (any of a class of mainly yellow, orange, or red fat-soluble pigments, including carotene, which give color to plant parts and act as antioxidants that help protect against chronic disease) keep your immune system healthy and strong!
High iron for women
Mangoes are rich in iron, hence they are a great natural solution for people suffering from anaemia. Menopausal and pregnant women can indulge in mangoes as this will increase their iron levels and calcium at the same time.
Mangoes as a natural beauty product
Mangoes help you unclog your pores and add freshness to the face. Mangoes are applicable to any skin type as they help clear clogged pores that cause acne. Just slice a mango into thin pieces and keep them on your face for 10 to 15 minutes. Take a bath or wash your face and see the results.
Nutrition by numbers
One cup of mangoes or an equivalent of 225 grams contains the following percentages that apply to daily value.
76 per cent Vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)
25 per cent Vitamin A (antioxidant and vision)
11 per cent Vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)
9 per cent healthy probiotic fibre
9 per cent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)
7 per cent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
4 per cent magnesium