Did you know that the brightly-colored sweetly-tart mango fruit is considered to be a true superfood? Mangoes are the most cultivated fruit in the world. It’s no wonder as its drupe is not only delicious but also are good for you, particularly when it comes to digestive health.
According to a new study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, symptoms of chronic constipation can be dramatically reduced by eating a medium size mango (or around 300 g of its equivalent amount of fiber) every day for four weeks. This effect makes mango a natural as well as effective laxative aid for certain digestive indications.
Researchers of this new study found that the daily consumption of mangoes can significantly improve the status of constipation (in terms of stool frequency, shape, and consistency), lower endotoxin and interleukin-6 concentrations in plasma, and increase the levels of gastrin and fecal concentrations of short-chain fatty acid (valeric acid). These were all believed to be caused by the mango’s high amount of polyphenols and fiber which reduces intestinal inflammation that contributes to constipation.
Authors of the study concluded that mangoes might be an easy way to relieve constipation. However, the fruit does not fully address all gastrointestinal conditions and should be used only as a supplement to other healthy lifestyle choices such as a varied diet and physical exercise. Oozing with goodness, every bite brings immense health benefits.
Mangoes are also rich in vitamins A and C, copper, magnesium, potassium, astragalin, quercetin, and beta-carotene. Folk healers prescribe mango as an excellent means of enhancing the immune system by neutralizing free radicals.
Other Health Benefits Include:
The high fiber content of mangoes cleans your intestines, keeps your immune system strong, and lowers cholesterol levels in your blood. A number of studies have found an active connection between eating mangoes and reduction in the risk of developing cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.
This is still a new area of research, but according to some studies, mangoes have been found to be an excellent natural remedy for diabetes. Nutritionists recommend boiling 10 to 15 mango leaves in warm water and drinking the tea on an empty stomach.
As mangoes are rich in iron, it can help increase red blood cell count and relieve anemia. Numerous traditional Chinese medicine recipes use mangoes as a treatment for a cough, gum bleeding, and other conditions related to a lowered red blood count.
Promoting Brain Health
An abundant amount of vitamin B6 is found in the drupe. This vitamin is essential for better brain health. Aside from this, mangoes also can help you sleep better and regulate mood.
Mangoes open clogged pores in the skin, thereby removing excess oil buildup that contributes to acne development.
When you are selecting a ripe mango, just lightly press its surface. It should not be too hard to touch. Green mangoes also have a sweet aroma. Depending on the variety, fresh mangoes are typically four inches in length and can weigh around nine ounces to four pounds. You can store ripe mangoes in a refrigerator for around two weeks.