August 13, 2015

25 Surprising Reasons to Eat Mangoes

Mango Nutrition Facts

Belonging to the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae and going by the scientific nameMangifera indica L., mangoes are filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.
One cup of diced mango contains the following:
  • 100 calories
  • 28 grams of carbohydrates
  • 3 grams of fiber
  • 0.8 grams of protein
  • 46 milligrams of vitamin C (76 percent daily value (DV))
  • 1262 IU of vitamin A (35 percent DV)
  • 23.1 micrograms of folate (20 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligrams of vitamin B6 ( 11 percent DV)
  • 1.8 milligrams of vitamin E (9 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligrams of copper (9 percent DV)
  • 6.9 micrograms of vitamin K (8 percent DV)
  • 257 milligrams of potassium (7 percent DV)
Mangoes also provide calcium; iron; magnesium; and powerful antioxidants such as zeaxanthin, quercetin, astragalin and beta-carotene.

1. Fights cancer
Antioxidants like quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat present in mango protect the body against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.

2. Keeps cholesterol in check
Mango has high level of vitamin C, pectin and fibres 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 that helps to control heart rate and blood pressure.

3. Skin cleanser
Mangoes help you unclog your pores and add freshness to the face. Mangoes are applicable to any skin type. 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 and then take bath or wash your face and see the results.

4. Alkalizes the body
According to natural health, mango is rich in tartaric acid, malic acid and traces of citric acid that primarily help in maintaining the alkali reserve of the body.

5. Weight loss
Mango has a lot of vitamins and nutrients that help the body feel fuller. Also, the fibrous fruit boosts the digestive function of the body by burning additional calories, helping in weight loss.

6. Regulates diabetes
Not only the fruit but the leaves of mangoes are healthy too. For people suffering from diabetes, just boil 5-6 mango leaves in a vessel, soak it 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.

7.Lower Blood Sugar Levels
More recently, mango consumption has been linked to the lowering of blood sugar among obese adults. Although it did not produce weight loss, regular consumption of mango did have a positive effect on their blood glucose. Meanwhile, other studies indicate blood sugar management with mango consumption as well glycemic control. 
8. Eye care
Did you know that mango is rich in vitamin A. One cup of sliced mangoes equals 25% intake of your daily need of vitamin A. Mangoes help in promoting good eye sight, fights dry eyes and also prevent night blindness.

9. Helps in digestion
Mango contains enzymes that help in breaking down protein. The fibrous nature of mango helps in digestion and elimination. It is is rich in pre-biotic dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals.

10. Heat stroke
When the sun is bogging you down this summer, just chop of a mango in a juicer; add a little water and a tbsp of sugar free or honey. This juice will instantly cool you down and prevent heat stroke.

11. Strengthens your immune
The deadly combination of vitamin C, vitamin A and 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy.

12. Body scrub
Make a paste of mashed mango, honey and milk and use as a body scrub, you will feel that your skin is tender and smooth.

13. Aids concentration and memory
Studying for exams? This fruit is rich in glutamine acid– an important protein for concentration and memory. Feed mangoes to children who find it difficult to concentrate on studies.

14. High iron for women
Mango is rich in iron, hence it is a great natural solution for people suffering from anemia. Menopausal and pregnant women can indulge in mangoes as this will increase their iron levels and calcium at the same time.

15. Reduces Kidney Stones 
In Chinese medicine, mangoes are considered sweet and sour with a cooling energy also capable of reducing the risk of kidney stone formation.

16. Perfect Snack
Instead of snacking on unhealthy chips and cookies, why not feast on slices of mangoes instead. They are perhaps one of the tastiest dehydrated fruits of all.

17. Stomach Tonic 
Before going to bed put some 10 or 15 mango leaves in warm water and close it with lid. The next day morning filter the water and drink it in empty stomach. Do this regularly.

18.Blood Pressure Management

Since mangoes are a food rich in magnesium and potassium as well as low in sodium, they are another natural way to lower blood pressure. Called “the silent killer,” high blood pressure affects approximately 70 million American adults, which is nearly one in every three adults, while only about half of those have their blood pressure under control. 

19.Boost Brain Health

Considered one of the great brain foods, mangoes are packed with vitamin B6, which is essential for maintaining, if not improving, brain function. Vitamin B6 and other B vitamins are crucial for maintaining healthy brain neurotransmitters and also help in supporting a healthy mood as well as healthy sleep patterns. 

20. Possible Protection from Age-Related Macular Degeneration

As part of their mango nutrition matrix, mangoes contain the antioxidant zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin works to filter out harmful blue light rays, thereby playing a protective role in eye health as well as possibly protecting against age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. Age-related macular degeneration destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision necessary for seeing clearly.

21. Boost Bone Health

Mangoes contain good levels of bone-building vitamin K, and a vitamin K deficiency has been linked to a higher risk of bone fracture. Vitamin K is also important for proper calcium absorption, another important function for bone health. And remember: Mangoes also provide calcium, which is a major bone nutrient.

22. Lower Heart Disease Risk

Mangoes contain high amounts of pectin, a soluble fiber that can help naturally lower cholesterol levels in the blood. Add that to the low sodium levels as well as high potassium and B vitamins, and together, they can help lower the risk for heart disease. Heart disease is a major killer, too — the leading cause of death for both women and men in the U.S

23.Naturally Treat Anemia

Mangoes are also rich in iron and may be part of the answer for the millions of people worldwide who are iron deficient. In fact, an iron deficiency can lead to becoming anemic, since iron deficiency is the most common feature of anemia. If this describes you or a loved one, consider eating more mangoes and other iron-packed foods

24. Anti-Aging Attributes

No one wants to show signs of aging — especially before their time — and mangoes can help slow the process of natural aging due to their high amounts of vitamins A and C, which help produce collagen proteins within the body. Collagen is known to help slow down the skin’s natural aging process by protecting blood vessels and bodily connective tissue. 

25.Avoid Asthma

People who consume certain nutrients such as beta-carotene can lower their risk for developing asthma. As you’ll recall from the mango nutrition lineup, mangoes are chock-full of beta-carotene and thus can act as an asthma natural remedy. Asthma occurs as a result of inflammation in air passages, resulting in temporary narrowing of airways transporting air from the nose and mouth to the lungs, leading to difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, chest tightness or even death.

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