What Are The Eight Amazing Benefits Of Eating Mangoes?

Summer time is coming to an end, and with it, mango season! Unravel the eight astonishing benefits of eating mangoes. 

Summer time is coming to an end, and with it, mango season! Unravel the eight astonishing benefits of eating mangoes.

Being a summer fruit, mangoes are loaded with nutrients, bioactive compounds  and fibre. ‘Aam’ as it is popularly known in India, is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and polyphenolic flavonoid anti-oxidant compounds.
Have a quick glance at the eight benefits of consuming mangoes.

Reduces Cholesterol

 The high vitamin C, pectin, and fibre content present in mangoes helps in lowering cholesterol levels, especially the “bad” LDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides in the blood. At the same time, they help in increasing the “good” HDL cholesterol. Those who want to get rid of their cholesterol problem, should adhere to eating mangoes to reap its benefits.

Prevents heat stroke

Mangoes are rich source of potassium and thus helps in maintaining the sodium level, which in turn regulates the body’s fluid level and protects you from heat stroke. During the summer days, you can eat raw mangoes daily to keep your body cool and rehydrate your body quickly.

You can make a healthy drink with raw mangoes to prevent heat stroke. Boil two raw mangoes in two cups of water until they become soft. When it cools, squeeze out the pulp of the boiled mangoes and add it to a glass of cool water. Add rock salt, sugar for taste and you can also add mint leaves to it. Drink it once or twice daily to protect yourself from the harsh effect of sunlight.

Improves your eye vision

Mangoes are beneficial for the eyes too. The high amount of vitamin A facilitates good eyesight and prevents various eye-related disorders like night blindness, cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eyes and other ocular discomfort. Also, the flavnoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin present in mangoes are vital for good vision. So, just one cup of sliced ripe mangoes compensates for 25 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin A.

Makes the body alkaline

This magic fruit has an alkalizing effect on the body. The tartaric acid, malic acid as well as the small amount of citric acid found in mangoes help maintain a healthy alkaline level in the body. An alkaline body prevents several health problems like chronic metabolic acidosis, kidney disease, muscle impairment and weakened bones. Consumption of  moderate amount of mangoes on a daily basis helps in maintaining the normal and slightly alkaline pH of the blood between a healthy 7.35 and 7.45. This helps transfer more oxygen throughout the body, increase energy levels, combat weight gain and prevents various digestive problems and osteoporosis.

Aids in digestion

 The high fibre content in mangoes helps in digestion and elimination of waste products, as well as normalizes bowel movements. In addition, this fruit can provide relief from constipation and stomach ulcers. Mangoes also have enzymes that increase the breakdown of carbohydrates and protein, thus facilitating conversion of food into energy. Eating both ripe and raw mangoes on a regular basis will improve digestion and reduce risk of different types of gastrointestinal disorders.

Rejuvenates the skin

Mangoes can work wonders for your skin, that is the reason why mangoes are used in several face packs and scrubs. Being a great source of antioxidants, vitamin C in particular, mangoes can impart a healthy glow to your skin. The Vitamin A and beta-carotene present in mangoes can restore, rejuvenate and revive your skin rendering it free from dark spots, blemishes and acne.

It’s very easy to use, do not throw away the skin after peeling a ripe mango, instead rub the skin over your face, and allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water. And here you are, the proud owner of a glowing, soft and supple skin.

Fights Cancer

The anti-carcinogenic properties of mangoes comes from its high fibre and Vitamin C content, along with the presence of several phenols and enzymes. Several studies have shown that the anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant compounds in mangoes can protect against colon, breast, lung, skin, leukemia and prostate cancers. Some of the antioxidant compounds present in mangoes that help fight cancer are quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methyl gallat. These compounds in mangoes effectively target and eliminate harmful cancer cells.

Improves Memory

 Mangoes are also known to promote brain health and improve concentration levels. As per reports published in the journal Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, there are several components in mangoes that helps in increasing the cholinergic function and decrease oxidative stress. This, consequently, enhances memory.
The glutamine acid provided by mangoes is also known to boost memory and promote mental alertness. Apart from this, mangoes also contain Vitamin B6, which is vital for maintaining and improving brain function. So, include mangoes in your diet for a sharp memory and for the concentration power similar to that of a swan.
It’s believed that one should always eat seasonal fruits, to stay fit and healthy, so since summer is around, why not make the most of it. Indulge yourself in a guilt-free summer treat and dig your tooth deep inside that very pulpy and juicy ripe mangoes. Enjoy the magical experience this summer.
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