Well, well, well, a quick look around the market today reveals that mangoes are now ready for consumption.
Mangoes are fleshy yellow fruits that are usually in season this time of year. Popularly known as stone fruit because of the large seed it has. The fruit is from the drupe family.
Mangoes are of many varieties and these varieties come in different colours, shapes and flavours. Whatever the colour of the peel is, the inner flesh is always yellow. Mangoes are very delicious. And as delicious as it is, it is packed with loads of nutrients.
Mangoes can help improve eye health
Apparently, mangoes contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants. These antioxidants are situated in the retina of the eye. Right at the centre of the retina, these nutrients act as a natural sunblock. They absorb excess light and protect the eyes from harmful blue light.
In addition to lutein and zeaxanthin, mangoes contain vitamin A. Vitamin A is very essential for eye health.
Mangoes can lower the risk of cancer
Mangoes are rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols protect the body from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been linked to many kinds of cancer. Polyphenols found in mangoes help in preventing the growth of such cancers. Mangiferin, one of the polyphenols found in mangoes has been proven to be anti-cancer.
The leaves of Mango help in reducing the risk factors for diabetes
Mango leaves have been used in ancient times to treat a number of illnesses. Recently, it has been proven to reduce the risk factors of diabetes.
That is, it helps to lower body weight, reduce blood sugar levels and reduce the level of fats in the bloodstream. The mango peel also contains anti-diabetic properties. However, there isn’t enough information regarding whether the mango flesh contains any of these properties.
Mangoes can improve heart health
Mangoes contain potassium in large quantities. Potassium, fibre and vitamins contained in mangoes keep the arteries functioning properly, thereby preventing heart disease.
With an increase in potassium over sodium in one’s diet, the risk of high blood pressure is significantly reduced.
Mangoes might be just what your skin and hair need
A good amount of vitamin A moisturises the hair. Mangoes contain a large amount of vitamin A.
Vitamin A also helps in the growth of body tissues which includes the skin and hair. Mangoes also contain a large amount of vitamin C which is very good for the skin and hair.
Vitamin C helps in the development and maintenance of collagen which gives structure to the skin and hair.