The summers remind us all of one delicious fruit — the mango. But apart from tasting great and being a perfect addition to a number of both sweet and savoury dishes, mangoes are packed with a number of health benefits, here are some of them.
Strengthens your immunity
According physicians, a normal size mango is more nutritious than butter or almonds. It strengthens and invigorates all your nerves, tissues and muscles in the brain, heart and other parts of the body. It also cleans the body from within and helps strengthen your immunity.
Keeps cancer at bay
Mangoes are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals, and poly-phenolic flavonoids (an antioxidant compound). It has been found that mangoes have qualities that can protect against colon, breast and prostate cancers as well as from leukaemia.
Helps maintain good vision
Mangoes are an excellent source of vitamin A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin. Together, these compounds can help in improving and maintaining good vision. The carotene content in the fruit helps to protect the body from lung cancer.
Can help keep your BP in check
Fresh mangoes are a good source of potassium. Nutritionists say that 100 g of the fruit provides 156 mg of potassium and just 2 mg of sodium. Potassium is an important component of the cell and body fluids. It also helps to control the heart rate and blood pressure.
Improves your skin and complexion
Packed with Vitamin A,mangoes help by providing the body with an essential nutrient to maintaining healthy skin and complexion as well as the integrity of the mucus membranes.
Protects you from heart diseases
Mangoes are also a very good source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin C and Vitamin E. Vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infections and scavenges harmful free radicals. Vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine is required for GABA hormone production (a hormone required to maintain muscle tone) within the brain. It also helps to control homocystiene levels within the blood, which in turn helps to protect the heart from CAD (coronary artery disease) and stroke.
The fruit contains moderate amounts of copper. Copper is an essential co-factor for the proper function of many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase. Copper is also required for the production of red blood cells.