How can one forget those wonderful childhood days when we used to compete with our siblings to have the last mango left in the kitchen? We cannot. Not once. Not ever. Everyone loves the tropical fruit, whether for its toothsome quality or the multiple benefits it offers. Grandma stories have a lot to tell about the health benefits of mangoes when it comes to hair, skin or even health.
Mangoes contain certain bioactive compounds and researches show that the fruit has a high amount of beta-carotene which protects the body from numerous diseases. Besides, it also provides us heaps of energy that prove beneficial for the body.
Here are ten benefits of the tropical fruit that you should know about.
1) Prevents cancer: Mango pulp contains carotenoids, ascorbic acid, terpenoids, and polyphenols that are responsible for preventing cancer. The fruit also contains unique antioxidants which are generally absent in other fruits and vegetables. The anticancer properties in the fruit also attribute to mangiferin, an element only found in mangoes.
2) Keeps heart diseases at bay: The second misconception people have is that mangoes aid weight gain. False. The truth is that mangoes reduce body fat and controls blood sugar. They include numerous minerals and phytochemicals which have a positive effect on the body glucose and fat.
3) Lowers cholesterol: Whether you have mangoes in raw or juice form, they have a unique property called pectin that decreases the serum cholesterol levels.
4) Aids weight loss: One of the other health benefits of mangoes is assisting in weight loss. Mangoes and weight loss are a very unusual combination. But it exists. Some studies also suggest that mangoes are not only necessary for health but the skin as well. The secret element is phytochemicals which act as a natural fat buster. It is found only on the other side of the fruit. Also, the fibres found in this fruit contribute to weight loss.
5) Treats diabetes: How are mangoes and diabetes-related? Research studies show the extract of mango peel has anti-diabetic properties. Also, mangiferin has beneficial effects on type 2 diabetes patients.
6) Improves digestion: Mangoes are great for digestion, owing to the presence of fibre, which thereby, prevents constipation. Fibre also keeps you full for a long time. It keeps the colon clean and allows to work optimally. Plus, mangoes also include certain enzymes which break the proteins and aids digestion.
7) Good for pregnant woman: Did you know that the health benefits of mangoes extend to pregnant women as well? Yes. Mangoes are rich in Vitamin A, C, and B6 that are beneficial for a pregnant woman. Also, Vitamin A present I the fruit helps to fight infections and prevents vision concerns in new-borns.
8) Youthful skin: Mangoes help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. For this, you need to mix the pulp with some egg whites, make a paste, and apply it to your face and neck. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse with cool water. The antioxidants and collagen present in the mixture will leave your skin firm. Apply this once a week and say hello to beautiful looking skin.
9) Hair conditioner: To make a conditioner out of mango, mix some pulp, yoghurt, and 2 egg yolks and store in a bottle. Apply this mask as a conditioner and leave it on for 30 minutes. This will make your hair shiny, smooth, and manageable. You could also use mango seed oil to strengthen and darken the hair.
10) Improves vision: One of the other health benefits of mangoes is improving eyesight. A severe deficiency of Vitamin A can lead to blindness and the tropical fruit contains Vitamin A and beta-carotene, which helps boost eye health.
So, now that you know of the health benefits of mangoes, will you add it to your diet?
Shreyansh Kulkarni is a professional nutritionist with over 5 years of experience in the field. In his free time, he likes to research on various healthy juice and snack trends. In this article, he has written about the ten hair, skin and health benefits of mangoes you should know about.