Surprising Health Benefits of Mangoes, and How to Use Them
Many of us love eating mangoes, but did you know that besides yummy taste it has a lot more going for it? It can be your health’s best friend. Here is how and why:
• Adds a glow to your skin
Mangoes are great for reducing dark spots, acne, and blemishes from skin, leaving it glowing and sparkling. The B vitamins and Beta carotene in mangoes restores and rejuvenates skin with vigor and makes your skin shine.
• Treats blackheads
Yes, your favorite fruit can treat your blackheads too. Prepare a paste by adding one-half teaspoon each milk and honey to one teaspoon mango pulp and apply it to your face in circular motions. Leave on for 20 minutes and wash off, the paste will remove the dead skin and blackheads.
• Anti-cancerous properties
Research shows that mango polyphenols limit inflammatory response in both cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells. They contain antioxidants and other enzymes known to protect against breast, blood, prostate, and colon cancers. Flavonoids like beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, and alpha carotene prevent lung and oral cancer.
• Boosts your immune system
Vitamins C and A, and different types of carotenoids present in mangoes, help improve the immune system and make it stronger. It helps strengthen all muscle and nerve groups while cleansing the body from within. In fact one medium-size mango is more powerful and nutritious than almonds or butter.
• Boosts memory
If you are struggling with your memory this is going to make you happy. Mangoes contain glutamine acid, a protein that keeps your brain cells active and boosts memory.
• Prevents asthma
If you are prone to asthma genetically, you should eat a large amount of mangoes. The beta carotene present in mangoes lowers the risk of developing asthma. Other fruits that contain this include papaya, apricots, broccoli, carrots, and pumpkin.
• Makes bones stronger
A lack of vitamin K is linked to a higher risk of bone fracture. Adequate consumption of vitamin K is vital to improve bone health as it helps your body absorb calcium, it can be done by eating mangoes and other fruits and vegetables.
Studies show that by having adequate dietary fiber, Type 1 diabetics have lower levels of glucose and Type 2 diabetics have improved blood sugar, insulin levels, and lipids. One cup of mango has 3 grams of fiber. American dietary guidelines for Americans are 21-35 grams for women and 30-38 grams for men.
You can also use mango leaves to treat diabetes. Boil 3-4 mango leaves in water then drink the water. For better results you can soak the leaves in water overnight and drink the water in the morning.
• Improves love- life
Mangoes are a great source of vitamin E, which is linked to better closeness.
• Remedy for heart problems
The juice of green mangoes mixed with water and a sweetener helps cool the body and prevent it from harm. Your kidneys can get overloaded with the toxins when you are exposed to the sun.
• Mangoes for hair loss and grey hair
You can purchase mango seed oil for your hair or you can prepare your own. Peel away the outer covering of the mango and place it in a jar of coconut or mustard oil. Keep the jar in a sunny area for a few days then use the solution on your hair to get long, dark, thick, shiny hair.
Note: For best results try eating your mango with milk or drink some milk right after eating.