Often, mangoes are called the “king of fruits” for its benefits to the human body or the “Asian apple.” This exotic fruit fascinates with a unique taste, in which there are notes of melon, apricot, peach, lemon, pineapple and a light smack of needles.
Source of Vitamins and Minerals
The fruit, in addition to its delicious taste, is rich in useful substances, among which beta-carotene (a precursor of vitamin A), vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and copper are especially important. Mango surpasses lemons and oranges in vitamin C content.
There are also other elements necessary for the body that make the mango useful: vitamins A, E, group B, carbohydrates (glucose, sucrose, starch), tannins, amino acids, organic acids, antioxidants, flavonoids, polyphenols, niacin, quercetin, astragaline, zeaxanthin , lupeol, mangiferin, saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, micro and macro elements, fiber. The seeds contain mangosteen – a substance with antipyretic properties. During heat treatment, the chemical composition of the fruit does not change.
Calorie content of fresh fruits is low – 65 kilocalories. During processing, it increases significantly. Sun-dried fruit contains 200-250, and candied mango – 320 kilocalories.
The benefits of mangoes: how does tropical fruit affect the body?
The rich composition of mangoes determines its beneficial properties:
- activates metabolism;
- removes harmful substances from the body;
- treats vitamin deficiency;
- lowers blood sugar;
- possesses antiseptic properties;
- strengthens the nervous system;
- stimulates brain activity;
- normalizes sleep;
- increases visual acuity;
- supplies bones with calcium, preventing the development of osteoporosis and the risk of fractures;
- minimizes the risk of kidney stones;
- neutralizes the harmful effects of antioxidants;
- inhibits the division of cancer cells.
Mango has a beneficial effect on the circulatory system:
- improves cardiac activity;
- increases vascular elasticity;
- lowers cholesterol concentration;
- stimulates blood formation processes;
- prevents the development of hypertension, varicose veins and atherosclerosis.
Studies at the University of Texas have shown the benefits of mangoes for people with diagnosed ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. With the regular use of an exotic fruit, after 2 months the number of probiotic bacteria in the body rises.
Another unique property of an exotic fruit is its ability to prevent heat stroke. Its juice cools the body and saturates it with moisture for a long time.
Due to the increased concentration of vitamin C, the “king of tropical fruits” strengthens the immune system and increases the body’s resistance to viruses and pathogenic bacteria. Therefore, it is recommended as a prophylactic for influenza and colds.
Pronounced benefits will bring mangoes to people suffering from nervous disorders and often in a depressed state. Due to its high iron content, it is recommended to use mangoes to prevent anemia. To enhance the effect, you should eat fruit with milk.
The benefits of mangoes to men and women
Men should not deny themselves an exotic treat. The fruit not only minimizes the risk of developing prostatitis and other diseases of the reproductive system, but also improves potency, improves sperm quality, and increases the likelihood of successful conception. It should be noted that the maximum effect of aphrodisiac will manifest itself if you combine mangoes with bananas and oranges.
Tropical mango fruit will also show beneficial properties when it affects the female body. It inhibits the aging process, has a rejuvenating effect, improves hair growth, increases sexual desire. The regular use of a delicious fruit will allow even at 50-60 years to successfully carry and give birth to a child, as well as to avoid oncology of the cervix, breast and pancreas. In the menopause, the fetus normalizes the psycho-emotional background, prevents apathy, depression, stress and nervous breakdowns.
During pregnancy, a unique fruit will provide the body with folic acid, which is necessary for the proper laying of the nervous system of the unborn child. Vitamin A will support the functioning of the placenta and protect against infections, and iron and potassium will prevent swelling in a pregnant woman and fetal hypoxia. The fruit will also relieve toxicosis and cheer up.
Is it possible to lose weight with mangoes?
The benefits of mango for the body of people who want to lose weight are clearly visible. The fruit normalizes the water balance, helps to dissolve fat reserves, activates the functioning of the liver and other organs of the digestive system. Fiber and pectin, which are part of the product, cleanse the intestines, reduce appetite and restore digestion. Known even mango diet, contributing to rapid weight loss. But in order to get the best result, it is recommended to exclude flour products from the diet and go in for sports, and use mangoes together with low-fat dairy or sour-milk products.
Mango: harm to the body
Mango abuse can be harmful instead of good. Therefore, adults are not recommended to eat more than two fruits per day, and children need only one. Do not eat unripe and overripe fruits, as they can provoke digestive upsets.
Children can add mangoes to their diet after reaching the age of 2-3. Fruit should be given little by little, following the reaction of the body. It is best to give babies freshly squeezed juice and mashed potatoes.
Mango is contraindicated in:
- individual intolerance;
- exacerbation of pancreatitis;
- renal pathologies.
With gastritis and other digestive problems, it is allowed to eat fruit only with basic food and in small quantities. You can not combine mangoes with alcoholic beverages, which can cause severe diarrhea and intoxication of the body.