Health benefits of mangos
Mangoes are the most popular fresh fruit in the world. Not only is it an admired global alkaline fruit, but according to scientific evidence, mangoes are also a powerful medicinal food that contain many health benefits.
According to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), consuming mangoes every day can help lower blood sugar levels, despite their natural sugar content.
In their study, scientist ran test on a group of obese animals, where some were given 10 grams of freeze-dried mango every day for three months.
At the end of 12 weeks, the researchers tested the blood sugar levels of the animals that ate the mango and compared the data to the animals that didn’t consume the fruit. The results showed the animals that consumed the mango had a significant decline in their blood sugar levels.
“Although the mechanism by which mango exerts its effects warrants
further investigation, we do know that mangoes contain a complex mixture of polyphenolic compounds,” says Dr. Edralin Lucas, Ph.D., author of the study.
Researchers from an Oklahoma State University study, also found that mango consumption helps to lower insulin resistance and improve glucose tolerance.
This study was done on mice where they saw similar results to FASEB’s conclusion.
Another study conducted Australia, found that consuming mango can also help decrease inflammation that result in high cholesterol, as well as block the formation of illnesses associated with metabolic syndrome.
“We don’t know yet how the whole thing’s going to play out but we know some of the individual components (of mango) activate these receptors and even inhibit them,” said a doctor from University of Queensland about the effects of mango consumption. “That could end up with positive nutritional health benefits for diabetes and high cholesterol.”
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 help clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples.
4. Improves 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. 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 decoction in the morning. Mango fruit also has a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.