Mangoes may very well be the king of all fruits.They are loved by almost one and all, especially when they are sweet . The mango tree, which can reach heights of over 130 feet, is native to the Indian subcontinent. Mango fruit has been cultivated for thousands of years and can be eaten both ripe and unripe.
But there is more to it than just a sweet taste
One cup of mangoes (225 gms contain) contains the following percentages that 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 fibre
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
• Eating mango peel can protect against risk of obesity
• Helps fight different types of cancer
• Helps build immunity
• Lowers blood pressure
• Helps manage cholesterol levels
• Protects eyes and improves eye sight
• Mango alkalizes the body
• Improves sex drive
• Aids food digestion
• Fights acne and helps keep skin clean
• Helps boost memory and concentration
• Prevents formation of kidney stones
Clears the Skin
Mangoes are great for your skin. They are packed with vitamin A which is a vital nutrient for maintaining a healthy skin and complexion as well as the integrity of mucous membranes. The Vitamin A and Beta carotene in this fruit have the ability to reduce dark spots, blemishes and acne, thus rejuvenate and revive your skin with vigor as well as add shine to your skin.
Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples.
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.
Boosts Immune system
The generous amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangos, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.
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.
Helps in Diabetes
Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. Mango fruit also have a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
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.
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.
The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels.
Research has shown that 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.
Mango extracts can prevent, if not stop, the growth of breast and colon cancer cells.
And when tested on breast and colon cancers, the mango compounds were found to have even stronger anti-cancer abilities. In fact, the mango extracts caused the breast and colon cancer cells to undergo apoptosis, or programmed cell death.
Mango contain enzymes for breaking down protein. The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination.