Health Benefits of Eating a Mango

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Mango is famously called ‘he King of fruits’ because of its sweetness and also richness of phytochemicals and nutrients. It is also given the name ‘heavenly fruit’ in our Vedas and is a ‘Super fruit’ for the rich potential health related values. Mango (sc-name Mangifera indica) is, as you might be knowing, the member of the Anacardiaceae family and is usually cultivated in the tropical and subtropical regions. Langra, Gulab KhasBanganpalli, Raselli are among the famously known and loved from the mango-family.

Mango is used to make pickle, summer drink, chutney, jelly and even in chicken and vegetable dishes. Unripe mango is eaten raw with add-ons like salt or chili. Powdered dry, unripe mangos called amchur are mainly used as preservative in the packet-pickles. Sliced mango is also served as a dessert at the dining table in its season.  Mango Shake is prepared all over Asia by mixing the pulp of ripe mangoes with milk and sugar.

Mango with lobules on a white background Some of the medicinal uses of this fruit are as follows:

The insoluble fiber which is present in the mangoes helps the removal of waste and prevents constipation.

Malic, Tartaric, Citric acid present in the fruit helps to control the alkali reserve in the body.
The mango-milk shake helps to put on weight.

Dry mango flowers are used for curing diarrhea, problems of the bladder and chronic dysentery.

The stone found in the mango fruit is used to make ayurvedic medicines.

The Antioxidants and enzymes found in the mango play an important role in the prevention and protection of breast, prostate cancer and leukemia and help to fight heart diseases.

Serum cholesterol is again regulated by the high concentration of fiber, vitamin C, pectin embedded in the mango.

The scarce amount of flavonoids found strengthens the immune system.

A mango without the peel contains 3.7 grams, approximately 1.06 grams of protein, and 135 calories of dietary fiber.

The presence of both fibers and enzymes works for healthy digestion.

The minerals of the heavenly fruits are:

Magnesium – 19 mg Calcium – 21 mg Potassium – 323 mg Phosphorus – 23 mg Sodium – 4 mg Iron – 0.27 mg Selenium 1.2 mcg Manganese – 0.056 mg Copper – 0.228 mg Zinc – 0.08 mg

It also contains little amounts of other minerals:

Vitamin A  1584 IU
Vitamin B1 (thiamine)  0.12 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)  0.118 mg
Niacin  1.209 mg
Folate  29 mcg
Pantothenic Acid  0.331 mg
Vitamin B6  0.227 mg
Vitamin C  57.3 mg
Vitamin E  2.32 mg
Vitamin K  8.7 mcg

Some other vitamins are found in small amounts. The elderly often suggest brushing tender teeth with the mango leaves. The tender mango leaves soaked in water for a night helps diabetes patients. The risk of sun-stroke is reduced if mango is consumed regularly in summer. Well grounded mango seeds mixed with butter-milk reduce a good number or disorders including piles. So, never say no to the ‘king of fruits’. It is packed with many benefits that we require to maintain a healthy life.

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