Mango (Mangifera indica)— the King of Fruits, and the National fruit of Pakistan. It is delicious as well as a power pack of multiple healthy nutrients. Mangoes were first cultivated in South East Asia almost 4000 years ago. This tropical, juicy, pulpy, and delicious fruit is a stone fruit.
With a varied skin color from yellow-green to red-yellow, this scrumptious fruit has a diverse variety, varying in color, shape, and taste. No one can stop himself from enjoying this sweet mouth-watering summery fruit.
Not only rich in taste but high in fiber and loaded with vitamins and nutrients, this refreshing yet low-caloric fruit has many health benefits.
This low-calorie, high-fiber fruit contains:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B5
- Dietary Fibers
Maintains Cholesterol Level
The high amount of fiber and vitamin C in mangoes helps to maintain cholesterol levels. Specifically, pectin (a soluble fiber) found in mangoes lowers the levels of bad cholesterol LDL, (Low-Density Lipoprotein).
LDL is the main reason for plaque and blockage in blood vessels, which gives rise to blood pressure. Hence, causing heart diseases and hypertension.
Helps in Digestion
Mango is an excellent source that can maintain and manage your gut health and keep your digestive system working.
Having a number of good enzymes that aid in breaking down the larger molecule, making them smaller for easy absorption.
This pulpy juicy fruit is also rich in dietary fiber, that resolved many digestion-related issues such as constipation and diarrhea.
Protect Against Cancer
Mangoes are rich in Polyphenols. Polyphenol is a plant compound that acts as a natural antioxidant that guards our cells against DNA damage. Studies found that adding mangoes in your daily diet may help you fight against cancers such as breast cancer and colon cancer. Eating mangoes may also protect you against these types of cancers.
This flavorsome fruit is extremely beneficial in boosting immune function.
It has two-third of vitamin C that is recommended for daily intake. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that fights against several ailments such as cold and flu. It produces more white blood cells to fight against diseases and enhance our immunity.
Along with vitamin C, mango also has vitamin A that saves us from many infections.
Mango contains a number of other vitamins such as vitamin K, vitamin B5, and Vitamin B6 that also aid in immunity boosting.
Mango is considered as a brain fruit because it contains mood vitamin, vitamin B6. It not only enhances your mood, gives you relief from stress, but also maintains your nervous system.
Mango has Glutamine acid in it which helps in concentration and builds strong memory. Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) helps in the production of GABA hormone that is another important hormone for brain development.
Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B5 in mango play a key role in the maintenance of the brain’s neurotransmitters. Moreover, these B vitamins affect our sleeping patterns and moods too.
Improves Skin, Hair, and Eye Health
Vitamin A is always associated with hair, skin, and eye health. It hydrates your skin and provides natural moisture giving your skin a radiant glow. It has magical powers or repairing and healing the top two layers of your skin. Lack of vitamin A results in dry, damaged, rough, and scaly skin along with excessive hair fall.
This vitamin also helps the skin in making sebum that keeps the scalp oily and maintains hair health. Vitamin A protects the cornea and keeps the eyes safe from dryness.
Apart from vitamin A, mangoes also have beta carotene and vitamin C, that promote healthy skin and healthy eyes and protect the skin from aging.
Regulates Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar
To your surprise, this too sweet fruit helps in regulating blood sugar, despite its natural sugar content, says study. In addition to this, another study by the University of Oklahoma revealed that mangoes are safe for diabetics because they help in lowering insulin resistance.
This sweet treat may also help you in regulating your blood pressure. Being high in fiber and having beta carotene, mangoes are extremely effective in lowering blood pressure in no time.
The Saffona Note
Packed with healthy nutrients and loaded with multivitamins, mangoes are the power packs of energy. Eat it as a whole, or make a glass of mango shake, add this healthy fruit in your desserts, or in your main course meals, there are a thousand ways you can give yourself a Mango treat!