Mangoes have been named the most widely consumed fruit in the world. The mango is a member of the drupe family, a type of plant food with an outer fleshy part surrounding a shell (what we sometimes call a pit) that contains a seed. Olives, dates, and coconuts are also types of drupes. Mangoes can possibly help protect and strengthen the body in the following ways:
1. Age-related Macular Degeneration
The antioxidant zeaxanthin, found in mangoes, filters out harmful blue light rays and is thought to play a
protective role in eye health and possibly ward off damage from macular degeneration.
A higher intake of all fruits (three or more servings per day) has also been shown to decrease the risk of and progression of age-related macular degeneration.
2. Asthma Prevention
The risk of developing asthma is lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is beta-carotene , found in mangoes,
papaya, apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, pumpkin, and carrots.
3. Prevents Cancer
Diets rich in beta-carotene may also play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to a study conducted and has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer according to a Japanese study.
In a study conducted by Texas AgriLife Research, food scientists tested mango polyphenol extracts on colon, breast, lung, leukemia , and prostate cancer tissue; mangoes were shown to have some impact on all cancers tested but were most effective with breast and colon cancers.
4. Bone Health
Low intakes of vitamin K are associated with a higher risk of bone fracture. Adequate vitamin K consumption can be achieved by eating a proper intake of fruits and vegetables. Vitamin K is important for improving calcium absorption, essential for optimal bone health.
5. Prevent Diabetes
Studies have shown that people with type 1 diabetes who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels; and individuals with type 2 diabetes may have improved blood sugar, lipids, and insulin levels. One cup of mango provides about 3 grams of fiber.
6. Helps With Digestion
Because of their fiber and water content, mangoes help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract.
7. Prevent Heart Disease
The fiber, potassium, and vitamin content in mangoes all help to ward off heart disease. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of hypertension.
8. Skin and Hair
Mangoes are also great for your hair because they contain vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.
Adequate intake of vitamin C, found in just 1 cup of mango per day, is needed for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair.