Sure, fruits like blueberries and strawberries get the attention of health-conscious people, and for good reason. They’re brimming with antioxidants, and are certainly a better choice than the junk food diets that many Americans consume. Eating healthy foods that are free of toxic ingredients is essential, and these fruits – provided they are organic, of course – are wise choices.
However, while the likes of blueberries frequently get their time in the spotlight, let’s not overlook other foods that can improve overall health. For example, mangoes are an excellent fruit that can do everything from helping to improve memory retention, to bolstering the immune system.
Here’s a closer look at the many benefits of mangoes, a superfood that’s abundant in numerous nutrients. One cup has 76 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C, and 25 percent of the required vitamin A; those vitamins alone help improve immunity as well as vision. Even better for the calorie-conscious among us, one cup contains a mere 105 calories.
1. Cancer fighter
Mangoes are rich in antioxidants including astragalin, quercetin, isoquercitrin and fisetin. What this means is that the fruit does wonders when it comes to fighting leukemia and breast, colon and prostate cancers.
2. Weight loss aid
Not only does one cup of mangoes have just over 100 calories, but its vitamins, nutrients and fibrous content help makes the body feel fuller, so you’re less inclined to reach for unhealthy snacks afterwards. It’s also said that the fibrous fruit, because it boosts the digestive system’s ability to burn more calories, is a good food to consider when trying to lose weight.
3. Controls cholesterol levels
Because mangoes are high in vitamin C, they’re a great choice for lowering serum cholesterol levels; vitamin C contains pectin and fibers that make this possible. They’re also high in potassium, which helps maintain a healthy heart rate and blood pressure – two things associated with elevated cholesterol levels.
4. Diabetes management
Here’s a surprising piece of information that many people may not know about mangoes: Their leaves are edible and a very healthy choice for those who have diabetes. Simply boil 5–6 mango leaves in a vessel and allow them to soak overnight. Then drink the filtered or strained liquid the next day – it’s thought to be beneficial for insulin level regulation.
5. Alkalizes the body
It’s no secret that keeping the body alkalized instead of in an acidic state is essential. With too much acidity in the body, there are more opportunities for health to go awry. That’s where mangoes enter the picture; they’re rich in something called tartaric acid as well as malic acid and small amounts of citric acid, all of which contribute toward this end goal.
6. Memory booster
Mangoes have good amounts of vitamins B-6 and glutamine acid, both of which work together to keep neurotransmitter function intact. This means that people who eat mangoes will experience better ability to retain information, and be able to concentrate with more ease.
7. Gets things going in the bedroom (wink, wink)
Mango is called the “love fruit” because it contains vitamin E, which is linked to regulation of sex hormones and boosting libido. Such aphrodisiac qualities will make you want to share in some of the delicious fruit with your loved one today! In particular, it’s said to increase virility in men.
8. Better skin
Instead of purchasing store-bought skincare items, which are often made with harmful chemicals (even ones thought to be safe and earth-friendly), turn to mangoes. Mash up some mango, milk and honey, and then use it as a body scrub. Your skin will become noticeably smoother and more radiant.
So, there you have it. Including a wide range of fresh, organic fruits in your diet is imperative in order to maintain good health or even reverse certain health conditions. Make sure that mango is added to your shopping list, and your memory, figure and immune system will all thank you.
Jennifer Lea Reynolds
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