Health Benefits 101: MANGO
Here in the Philippines, Mango is hailed as our national fruit. It is also the third most important fruit crop of the country next to banana and pineapple. In Philippines alone, different varieties of mangoes grow which locals enjoy greatly. On the other hand, Mango is known as the “King Fruit” all around the world! I must admit that biting into this tropical fruit can feel like pure bliss! Beyond the sweet, luscious taste of mangos, they contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that ensures optimum health.
Mangos were first cultivated in the Northeast India, Bangladesh and Myanmar about 25-30 million years ago. According to Indian beliefs, mangos symbolize life (it is also the national fruit of India) and are used in almost every sacred ritual. Mango leaves are often used for festivals and wedding decorations.
With a history as delicious as that, mangos make for one of the most popular fruits across the world. In addition to being splendid, pulpy and amazing, mangos pack a lot of health benefits too!
Mangos are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful carotenoid. This element helps to enhance the immune system. You would be surprised to know that an average sized mango contains up to two-third of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C. The powerful antioxidant helps boost immunity system and prevents cold/flu.
CLEARS THE SKIN
Mangos are bursting with vitamin C and Vitamin A, both of which are crucial for healthy skin and skin repair. One cup of mango as well supplies about 75% of the daily minimum vitamin C consumption. This nutrient is required to produce collagen, a type of tissue that gives skin its elasticity and helps avoid wrinkles and sagging.
HELPS IN DIGESTION
The digestive enzymes in mangos (such as amylase enzyme mangiferin) work to promote natural, efficient digestion. Because of their fiber and water content, they help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract.
HELPS IN ALKALIZING YOUR BODY
As mangoes are enriched with tartaric and malic acid and contain traces of citric acid, it helps in maintaining the alkali reserve of our body.
Mango is a low-calorie fruit that is high in fiber, and is a great source of vitamins A and C. It also contains folate, B6, iron and a little calcium, zinc and vitamin E. Mangos are a good source of antioxidants, containing certain phytochemicals such as gallotannins and mangiferin which have been studied for their health benefits. In addition with the many benefits of this amazing fruit, below is a photo of the nutritional facts of mangos.