The nutrients and benefits of eating mangoes are quite numerous and our bodies are so in need of them. Mangoes are currently all over the place! At least that’s how it is here in Nigeria.
Mango season usually occurs during the rainy season which takes place between April and October. In developed countries, you have different types of foods all year-round. But in this part of the world, we basically rely on the rain to do our cultivation. This is why you should not be left out on whatever is in season.
If you are still not convinced on why you should maximize the mangoes that you currently see around, then come with me briefly..!
Below are my top 5 benefits of eating mangoes which everyone should be aware of.
Rich in vitamin A and C.
The function of vitamin A in the body ranges from boosting the immune and reproductive system, to boosting the health of your bones. It also improves your eyesight and skin. 1 cup of mango has about 25 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin A.
Mango is one of the highest food sources of vitamin C. This vitamin C plays an important role in the growth of your muscle, bones and tendon. It is also very essential for your immune system and helps you heal. 1 cup of mango has 46mg of vitamin C, or about 76% of what you should get in a day.
Lowers the Risk of Cancer
Mangoes are filled with antioxidants and these antioxidants have been shown to fight free radicals, which can cause damage to your cells and potentially lead to cancer.
In one study, mango stopped the advancement of an early-stage breast cancer called ductal carcinoma.
Improved Digestion and Reduced Constipation
Mangoes contain both amylase compounds and dietary fiber which helps to dissolve foods in your stomach, break down difficult starches, and can help you avoid constipation.
The fiber in mangoes are more effective for relieving constipation than equivalent ‘fiber supplements’.
Consistent mango consumption has shown impressive results in people with chronic constipation.
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
Mangoes are a great source of potassium and magnesium that may reduce the risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure. They are also rich in another compound called ‘mangiferin’ which early studies suggest may be able to reduce inflammation of the heart.
May Improve Hair Health
Like we already know, mango contains vitamin A and this vitamin may improve hair health, improve the sebum (liquid that moisturizes scalp) production, while promoting a healthy scalp.
Moderation: Mango is one of the sweetest fruits and lower in fiber than other fruits, so a good rule of thumb is not to exceed two servings a day.
If you have diabetes or another health condition that makes you sensitive to fruit or sugar, talk to your doctor about what is right for you.
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