17 Health Benefits of Mangoes

17 Health Benefits of Mangoes
Mangoes may very well be the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean your skin, and make the perfect snack.

Here are 17 healthy reasons why you should be eating a mango every day.

  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 a high level of vitamin C, pectin, and fibers 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 school, 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 the night and drink the filtered decoction in the morning. This 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. Aphrodisiac: Mango has aphrodisiac qualities and is also called the ‘love fruit’. Mangoes increase virility in men. Vitamin E, which is abundantly present in mangoes, helps to regulate sex hormones and boosts sex drive.
  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 eyesight, 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 rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  10. Heatstroke: When the sun is bogging you down this summer, just chop off 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 heatstroke.
  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 an empty stomach. Do this regularly.
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