Mango is one of the most popular fruits in the world. With its origins in Asia, it had been cultivated for thousands of years before reaching Africa and eventually South America where the similar climate allows the mango to thrive. Today, the mango is cultivated in almost every warm climate zone. It is a treasured fruit in many countries including India, Pakistan, and the Philippines, where it is recognized as the national fruit.
But of course, mangoes aren’t popular for no reason. These fruits burst with succulent flavours of the tropics. They are often sweet and juicy with a texture varying from soft and tender to firm and meaty. Beyond their sumptuous taste, they are also packed with antioxidants and vitamins including vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, and some B vitamins. These fruits are also good sources of fibre, copper, potassium, and magnesium. And they are completely free of fat, sodium, and cholesterol.
Packed with over twenty vitamins and minerals, mangoes come with a long list of health benefits.
1. Fights Cancer
A study found that mango polyphenol extracts showed positive impact against breast, lung, leukemia, colon, and prostate cancers, with the most improvement against breast and colon cancer.[i]
2. Helps with Asthma
Mango is rich in beta-carotene, like papayas, carrots, and pumpkin. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant not only crucial for eye health, but it has also been proven to improve asthma.[ii]
3. Strengthens hair and skin
The high content of vitamin A and vitamin C found in mangoes help with sebum production and collagen maintenance, which improves moisturization, the growth of tissues, as well as retaining elasticity in hair and skin.
4. Regulates Bowels
Feeling backed up or maybe too loose? Mangoes can help with their fibre and water content. Both of which help regulate bowels. And regular bowel movements mean healthy digestive tracts!
5. Enhances Bone Health
Vitamin K is an important nutrient in reducing the risk of bone fracture. It is essential for normal blood clotting and synthesis of proteins in the body. It also improves effective calcium absorption in order to keep bones strong and healthy.
Not that you needed any more reasons to eat one mango every day—I mean, it’s freaking delicious. But in case you needed some incentive, these tropical fruits definitely play the part when it comes to health benefits.