Health benefits of Mango
Udupi Today Media network
Monday, 23 July 2012: The king of fruits, Mango not only tastes good that but also offer a number of health benefits for your body. Mangoes offer important vitamins and minerals for our body, preventing that way many dangerous diseases and keeping our body healthy and fit. The fruit is also rich in vitamin E and it is believed that therefore this fruit is an aphrodisiac.
Mango, which is one of the most popular fruit in India, is also a nutritionally rich fruit with unique flavor, fragrance, taste, and heath promoting qualities which are:
Anti cancerogenic and prevents breast, colon and prostate cancer: Antioxidant compounds present in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.
Lowers Cholesterol: Mango is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber. The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad cholesterol).
Acts as a skin cleanser: Busting the myth, that eating mangoes can cause pimples and acne, the fruit acts as a skin cleanser. It cleans clogged pores and eliminate pimples by using both internally and externally for the skin
Keeps eyes healthy: Mango fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. Vitamin A promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin.
Prevents Diabetes: Mango is high in natural sugar, since it contains 31 grams of sugar in one fruit, but at the same time it is low in glycemic load, which means it doesn’t affect blood sugar.
Improves Sex: Mangos are a great source of vitamin E, which helps to regulate the sex hormones and boost libido.
Improves Digestion: Mangoes contain enzymes for breaking down protein. The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination of acids.
Prevents Heat Stroke: Mango also controls homocystiene levels in the blood, which may otherwise be harmful to blood vessels resulting in CAD and stroke. The king of fruits is a very rich source of potassium, which is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
Boosts Immune system: It is also a very good source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin-C and vitamin-E. Vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals.
BRUNO RICHARD D'SOUZA, Hyderabad
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