Mangoes have earned the moniker, ‘king of fruits’, because of their delectable taste, lush sweetness and delicate fragrance. A nutritionally rich tropical fruit, mangoes are revered the world over, not just for their incredible taste but also for the array of health benefits they offer. Like apples, a mango if eaten daily, can keep numerous health problems at bay.
Here are 5 Excellent Health Benefits of Mangoes:
For Healthy Eyes
Mangoes are excellent sources of vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient for healthy eyes. A 100 grams serving of ripe mangoes provides nearly 1082 IU or 25 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin A. Consuming mangoes can keep numerous eye diseases, including xerophthalmia (dry eyes), nyctalopia (night blindness), and cataract at bay. People who eat mangoes regularly are less likely to suffer from macular degeneration and / or softening of the corneas.
Reduces Risk of Cancer
Mango polyphenols (potent antioxidants), significantly reduce the risk of different types of cancer including breast, colon and lung cancers. Bio-active compounds like carotenoids, flavonoids and phenolic acids present in mangoes exert powerful anti- carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. The anti-oxidant properties of polyphenolic compounds in mangoes reduce the incidence of oxidative stress (one of the important causative factors behind cancer).
If recent medical research is anything to go by, mangoes are the new diabetes busting super food. Mangoes have a potent bio-active compound called mangiferin. Mangiferin (an antioxidant) has an extremely positive effect on blood glucose levels. The high soluble and insoluble dietary fiber content in mangoes retards glucose absorption into the blood stream.
Eating mangoes daily will fast track your body into a healthy alkaline state. The high amount of malic and tartaric acid, along with appreciable amounts of citric acid, which are present in mangoes, alkalizes the body, and prevents a host of health problems including gut dysbiosis, inflammation and joint pain. The natural acids in mangoes are vital for maintaining alkali reserves of the body, and also to have a positive impact on ones overall well being.
Women and children should consume mangoes regularly as they are excellent dietary sources of iron and folate. Mangoes are a good source of vitamin C – which helps to release a higher percentage of iron from non-heme food sources. The high amounts of minerals like iron, zinc, copper, manganese and folates in mangoes increase RBC production.