Mangoes, the yellow juicy delicious fruit is a blessing is disguise. This fruit has numerous benefits that it is too good to be true!
While mangoes have a huge list of vitamins and minerals that they are rich in, the key nutrients in mangoes are Vitamins C, A and B6. In addition, they also consist of dietary fibre, Potassium and magnesium in good amounts.
Regulating insulin levels
There is a general misconception that mangoes are bad for those with diabetics. This understanding is probably because of the sweet taste that mangoes have. But contrary to this popular belief, mangoes actually help to regulate the insulin levels in the blood thereby helping to keep you HBA1C levels well under control. But this doesn’t mean you feast on mangoes – instead, use it like a medicine and take the occasional bite whenever it is available.
How to use:
- Take a half ripe mango and cut into slices.
- Add bell pepper, jeera powder (cumin seeds powder), fresh parsley or cilantro, onion chives and enjoy!
The leaves of mangoes have also been found to the good for Type 2 diabetics. Dry some mango leaves in the sun. Dry grind these into a powder. You could take a teaspoon of this powder twice a week with water any time of the day.
Good for vision
Like many yellow and orange wonders like carrots and papayas, mangoes are also rich in beta carotene. These carotenoid compounds are great for vision. In a study undertaken, it was seen that the beta carotene in mangoes met more than 30% of the recommended daily intake. Although mangoes are a seasonal fruit, many have gotten into the habit of preserving the mango pulp in various forms for a month or to after the season of mangoes is officially over. Although this may mean some natural preservatives are added, it still seems worth it.
Mangoes help to improve metabolism and also aid in digestion. Due to this reason, in many Indian homes mangoes have for long been used as a dessert after a full course meal with rice. Mangoes help to improve metabolism and relieve heart burns associated with improper digestion.
An interesting fact: In south India on the occasion of a new year, a traditional mango pacchidi (sweet accompaniment) is made using unripened mangoes, flowers of neem, jaggery and suitable spices. This is because food on the special occasion is very heavy and this pacchidi helps in digesting the food better. The neem flowers also help in digestion.
Mangoes are rich in Vitamin C. This vitamin helps in boosting the immunity. For this reason, mangoes could also be a healthy snack option for your kids. While mangoes are a favourite of most children because of their delicious taste, mothers can also be happy that it is nutritious food that is filling their child’s tummy.
One of the reasons for infertility is the deficiency on zinc. Mangoes are extremely rich in zinc and can help fight infertility. You could make a lassi (smoothie made with curd / yoghurt) with mangoes, yoghurt and some mint leaves. Those with a sweet tooth can give the mint leaves a miss although these have many health benefits as well. While women can add a dash of turmeric to the lassi, for men this lassi can be made with a few almonds since almonds also help to boost male fertility.
Mangoes consist of a component called Pectin. This component along with fibre and Vitamin C help to lower the bad (LDL) cholesterol level in the blood.
A study conducted by Texas AgriLife Research food scientists in 2010 showed mangoes to have cancer fighting properties. Since the benefits of mangoes to fight cancer is a topic in itself, we shall see about this in detail soon. Meanwhile, you could do your own research and see the benefits of mangoes for various types of cancer and how it can be best used.
Topical uses for skin
Smoothens rough patches on the skin
- Take some mango pulp and rub in gently on the affected areas.
- Leave it on overnight.
- Wash off the next morning.
- Follow with a face wash or choice you use regularly.
Reduces acne spots
Mangoes are great fro clearing the dark spots caused by acne. These are hard to remove , but the juice in mangoes has been seen to heal these scars effectively.
- After you peel the skin off a mango, rub the inside of the skin on your face well in a gentle slow manner.
- On the affected areas rub it in a little more.
- Leave this on for twenty minutes.
- Wash off with normal water.
- Now use a gentle scrub like besan (gram flour) mixed with little sugar and use it as a scrub.
- You can then apply rose water as a toner and for fresh glowing skin.
Anti-ageing skin treatment
- Take the pulp of a mango slice and blend it along with aloe vera, wild turmeric (kasthuri manjal) powder and a few drops of olive oil.
- Apply this as a face pack and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Wash off with gram flour (besan) powder.
It is summer… enjoy these golden treasures.