Mangoes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors depending on the type of cultivar. Their shape also varies from oval, round, heart shaped to kidney shaped or long and slender. It has a pleasant and rich flavor, which is a combination of sweet with mild tartness. All varieties of mangoes have been hailed as delicacies and are used in several recipes including savory dishes, desserts and smoothies. Unripe mangoes are used to make pickles. They are a rich source of vitamins A, C and D.
Below are 5 health benefits of eating mangoes;
1. Controls Blood Pressure:
Fresh mango is a good source of potassium, which is an important component of cell and body fluids. Potassium helps control heart rate, blood pressure and prevents cardiovascular diseases.
2. Aids Weight Loss:
Mango is low in calories and devoid of any sodium or fat. Being loaded with nutrients in concentrated form, mango can be a healthy snack substitute. The high fiber content helps burn additional calories by boosting the digestive function of the body, thus helping in weight loss. The vitamins and minerals in the fruit also helps to keep you satiated for a longer time.
3. Good For Diabetics:
Apart from the fruit, mango leaves are particularly beneficial for diabetic patients as they can normalize blood insulin levels. The traditional remedy is to boil mango leaves in water, soak them overnight and then consume the filtered concoction in the morning. This will regulate the body’s insulin levels. Since mangoes have a low glycemic index, consuming them in moderate quantities will not increase your sugar levels.
4. Aphrodisiac Qualities:
Mango is also referred to as the ‘love fruit’ due to its aphrodisiac qualities. Consumption of mangoes can increase virility in men. The abundant amount of vitamin E in mangoes helps to regulate sex hormones and boosts sex drive.
5. Treatment Of Acne:
Vitamins C and vitamin A in mangoes are strong antioxidants that help in curing acne and pimples. Vitamin A is your skin’s best friend and its deficiency can lead to dull skin, open pores, eruptions on the arms and elbows. Vitamin C is involved in collagen formation and keeps your skin firm. If you have acne prone skin, you can prepare a raw mango astringent by boiling some unpeeled raw mangoes in water. After cooling, apply this solution on your skin for soothing effect. Drinking mango juice also prevents the outbreak of acne.
Peace Agyare is an entrepreneur and a graduate from The Institute of Business Management and Journalism-Kumasi(Ghana). She holds an HND in communication and is currently working at Ghafla Ghana