The unique tang and fragrance of mango make it the first choice among fruit lovers. In addition to delightful flavor, mangoes provide a host of health benefits. Since ‘the king of fruits’ has an abundance of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, it ensures optimum health of your body by evading a host of diseases. A serving of 100 grams gives you approximately 60 calories. You can relish this yummy and juicy fruit and reap its benefits in the form of marinades, pickles, squash, jams, and jellies. Besides satisfying your taste buds, mango also adds up to your beauty. It addresses all the skin problems like dryness, wrinkles, unclogged pores, pigmentation, pimples, etc. The coolant nature of mango helps beat the scorching heat of summer. Find out many such effective health and beauty benefits of mango in this article.
Health Benefits of Mango
1. Fights Cancer
Mango is a rich source of antioxidants like isoquercitrin, quercetin, fisetin, astragalin, methyl gallate and gallic. Consuming a mango or its juice or shake on the daily basis will help prevent several cancers like breast, blood (leukemia), prostate and colon cancer.
2. Keeps a Check on Blood Cholesterol Levels
Mango, being abundant in vitamin C, soluble fiber and pectin, helps lower cholesterol levels. Freshly cut mango is also an excellent source of potassium which plays an important role in reducing the blood pressure and controlling the heart rate. Moreover, it reduces the risk of strokes.
3. Controls Acidity
Mango is well-off in malic acid, tartaric acid and traces of citric acid; therefore, it helps maintain the alkali reserve in the body and prevents acidity.
Boil 5-6 mango leaves in a vessel and leave it overnight. Strain the mixture and drink it in the morning. This will control the blood sugar levels instantly and also acts as a perfect stomach tonic. Mango leaves have low glycemic index; therefore, consuming a moderate amount of this decoction will not affect blood sugar levels, thereby keeping diabetes at bay.
5. Good for Eyes
Vitamin A (Retinol) in mangoes fights off with problems like dry eyes and night blindness. They contain an antioxidant called zeaxanthin which filters out blue light rays; thus, plays a protective role in promoting eye health.
6. Heat Stroke
Blend some raw mango pieces along with ice cubes and a tbsp of sugar-free or honey in a blender. Drink this juice daily to get rid of the risk of having heat stroke.
7. Keeps the Immune System Healthy
Mango is loaded with vitamin A, C and 25 different carotenoids which facilitate in proper functioning of the immune system.
8. Good for Pregnant Women and Anemic Patients
Anemic patients, pregnant women and those nearing their menopause must treat themselves with lots of mangoes as it is rich in iron required for unborn baby and calcium which is essential for middle and old age women as it fights against osteoporosis.
9. Aids in Boosting Memory and Attentiveness
Feed your children with mango / mango juice / mango shake as glutamine acid in it aids in improving concentration and functioning of the brain.
10. Prevents Kidney Stones
Consuming foods low in oxalates and high in water can be very helpful in the prevention of kidney stones. One such fruit is mango, which is rich in fiber, high in water and low in oxalates. It defends kidney against stones by inhibiting influenza virus.
11. Helps Maintain Healthy Weight
Mango is a fibrous fruit. It makes you feel fuller for a long time thus reducing weight as you do not have the urge of eating later. Binge upon slices of mango instead of unhealthy cookies and snacks. It is an ideal alternative to unhealthy lifestyle and will check your calories.
Alternatively, if mango is taken in the form of shake, it helps in weight gain.
- People with latex allergy must not consume mango in any form as it may cause allergic reaction due to presence of anacardic acid.
- Remove mango peel (raw or ripe) before consuming it as it contains urushiol, an important ingredient in some of the poisons like poison ivy and poison sumac.
- Mangoes are ripened by some dealers using calcium carbide – a very strong chemical compound which may be poisonous if consumed. Therefore, they must be soaked overnight in water or washed properly before consumption.
12. Aids in Digestion
Since mango is loaded with fiber and digestive enzymes like lactase, katechol oxidase, and magneferin, it cleans up the waste in intestine and stomach, and improves bowel movement.
13. Enhances Sex Drive
Mangoes are a great source of vitamin E which helps improve sex drive in both men and women. They are also affluent in folate or folic acid which increases fertility.
Beauty Benefits of Mango
14. Cleanses the Skin
Mangoes cleanse the skin naturally by unclogging the pores and deactivating the acne causing bacteria. You just need to put thin mango slices or puree on your face and neck, and rinse off after 10-15 minutes with cold or warm water.
15. Makes Skin Soft
Mix some mashed mango, honey, and milk and apply it over the exposed body parts. Scrub gently. Wash it off after 10-15 minutes with warm or cold water. It gives you soft and smooth skin.
16. Treatment for Blackheads
Mix some mango pulp, half tbsp of milk or milk powder and 1 tbsp of honey and use it as a scrub over your face in a circular motion. This will remove dead skin and blackheads and add a new glow to your face.
17. Rejuvenates the Skin
Mango is loaded with antioxidants which help delay the aging process, pigmentation and prevents skin darkening. It also reduces wrinkles and fine lines.
19. Protection Against Harmful Rays
Put some milk cream over the skin of ripe or raw mango and then rub it over the exposed body parts. Wash it off with cold water after 10-15 minutes. It shields your skin from harmful UV rays and effectively removes tanning.
20. Cure Acne
Do you know that juice of raw mango acts as an excellent astringent? Yes, it’s true. Alternatively, you can even boil a slice of raw mango in ½ bowl of water and refrigerate this water in a glass bottle. Use this water as and when required as a treatment against acne.
Mango pulp is rich in both vitamin A and K, which is very good for the health of skin and scalp. Apply some mango pulp directly on the scalp and keep it for an hour. Wash it off with lukewarm water afterwards. It also improves blood circulation and encourages hair growth.
22. Conditions Hair
Mix pulp of 1 mango with 2 eggs and 1 tbsp of yogurt. Apply this pack on hair for 30 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. This pack will make your hair soft, manageable and problem free.
23. Treats Hair Loss
Along with mango, its seed is also a great store of minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids which can be very useful for hair growth and health. Remove the outer shell of mango seed and place the kernel in a bottle of coconut, olive or sesame oil. Place this oil in sunlight for a few days and use it regularly for voluminous strands.