Mango is called “The King of fruits” and a “Super fruit” because of its health enhancing nutrients and rich creamy delicious taste. Two studies found that the fruit contains nutrients that can possibly lower the risk of metabolic disorders and chronic inflammation.
Arguably the most commonly consumed fruit in the world, it is chock-full of vitamins A and C and are a good source of vitamin B6. It is also a source of potassium and magnesium, dietary fiber and antioxidant compounds.
Protection against cancer
Pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and several poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds, contained in the fruit of mangoes, protect the body against breast, colon, prostate, lung and oral cavity cancers, and leukemia.
Promote heart health
Mango contains magnesium, potassium, and the antioxidant mangiferin, which all support healthy functioning of the heart. For example, magnesium and potassium help to promote a healthy heart rate and blood pressure level.
Aid the production of red blood cells
Mango provides a great natural solution for people suffering from anaemia, which occurs when there is a decreased level of hemoglobin in the red blood cells. They are rich in copper, which helps form red blood cells, and are great, especially for menopausal and pregnant women: simultaneously increasing their iron levels and calcium.
Strengthen the immune system
Mango is a good source of folate, vitamins A, C, K, and E, and several B vitamins – all of which help strengthen the body’s immune system. The fruit has more than a dozen different types of polyphenols: plant compounds that function as antioxidants that protect body cells against free radical damage. Free radicals are linked to aging and a host of diseases.
Helps improve digestion
Mangoes are excellent for digestive health. The fruit contains a group of digestive enzymes called amylases, which break down large food molecules, making them more easily absorbed. Amylases are more active in the ripened fruit. Additionally, mango contains plenty of water and dietary fiber, enabling it to solve digestive problems like constipation and diarrhea.
In addition to their exceptional nutritional benefits, mangoes are very delicious: eaten straight or in salads and smoothies. It is no wonder mango is regarded as the “king of fruits” and a “super fruit.”
Increased awareness of the many nutritional benefits of mangoes, may be a contributing factor to the steadily increasing demand for the fruit in the US. Many countries, including Jamaica, have increased their production of the fruit to exploit the rising growth in demand.