How Mangoes can Make you Healthy

The "hedgehog" style is a common way...
The “hedgehog” style is a common way of eating mangoes (left). A cross section of a mango can be seen on the right, not quite fully halving the fruit as the stone is not visible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Ripe or green, we can’t deny how much we love mangoes. And what’s not to love? There’s an abundance of perks in every juicy slice!

Renewed Optimism

Thanks to their plentiful stores of the amino acid tryptophan, these tropical treats can soothe stress and brighten blue moods by as much as 85 percent, suggest researchers at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. The reason: once consumed, this nutrient is quickly converted into serotonin, a fell-good neurotransmitter that also hinders the outflow of the stress hormone cortisol.

Energy to Spare

A daily serving of mangoes can reverse the chronic tiredness that results from an overworked thyroid because this fruit is a top natural source of selenium, a trace mineral that helps the gland produce optimal levels of energizing hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine. The result is significantly greater energy boost in just three weeks, according to a study at the University of California at Davis.

Baby-soft Skin

Enjoying mangoes can boost the bodies’ resistance to skin-thickening sun damage 56 percent within four weeks, reports scientists in India. The credit goes to lupeol, a rare antioxidant in the fruit that destroys harmful free radicals produced in skin during exposure to ultra violet light. What’s more, mangoes’ vitamin A contents speed skin cell renewal, resulting in a smooth, supple complexion.

Mangos are also great sources of vitamin E which helps the skin look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  They also clear clogged pores and helps in eliminating pimples.

Effortless Slimming

One mango delivers about 40 percent of the recommended daily allowance of fiber, more than half of which is the soluble form. In the gut, soluble fiber forms a slow-digesting gel that wards off the blood sugar spikes that induce cravings. Plus , US researchers discovered that this nutrient binds to dietary fats in the intestines and eliminates them from the body, shuttling out up to 90 fat calories every day. The fruit’s soluble fiber instantly blocks fat absorption. The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination, helping you avoid constipation.

Improves Eye Health

A cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the daily needed value of vitamin A, thereby promoting good eyesight and can prevent night blindness and dry eyes.

Help in Cancer prevention

Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mangoes have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Mangoes don’t only contain compounds such as quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat but they’re also abundant in enzymes.

Helps in Diabetes: 

The fruit has a relatively low glycemic index (41-60), consumption of mangoes in moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.  Its leaves also help in normalizing insulin levels in the blood.  The traditional home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered concoction in the morning.

Remedy for Heat Stroke

From an ayurvedic viewpoint, the reason people often get diuretic and exhausted when visiting equatorial climates is because the strong “sun energy” is burning up your body, particularly the muscles. By juicing the fruit and mixing with water and a sweetener, you help the body cool down and prevent heat stroke.

Gives the Immune system a boost
The fruit’s 25 different kinds of carotenoids, along with generous amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin A keep the body’s immune system healthy and strong.

So go ahead and enjoy that slice.

 

Web References:

http://realfoodforlife.com/10-health-benefits-of-mangos/2/

 

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