Wow! Mangoes are in season.Time to celebrate.
Nature brings us this delicious fruit in summer. Mangoes are divine, versatile and make a delicious smoothie, awesome ice-cream and of course can be eaten on their own. Green mangoes make aam panna, chutney and our famous aam la chunda and aachar.
Mangoes have many varieties and we all have our favourite. Mangoes, incidentally, have been named the most widely consumed fruit in the world and are laden with health benefits. Some of these are:
Mangoes contain fibre, vitamins A, B6, C and K, copper, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and folate.
Since Mangoes are high in calories, some diabetics shun them as they feel it will lead to an increase in their blood sugar levels. However, Mangoes have a low glycemic index and contain both fructose and glucose which are easy to digest. Glucose has a tendency to elevate your blood sugar levels quickly, but Mangoes contain low levels of it. Also because Mangoes are high in fibre, they help control blood sugar levels.
Contain Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidants:
Mangoes are loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and protect the gut amongst other functions. They are also good for all inflammatory diseases (diseases ending in 'itis'), including ulcerative colitis.
Good for skin and hair:
The vitamin C content of Mango is quite high and vitamin C forms collagen - a protein that provides the skin's elasticity. Vitamin C also helps with the absorption of iron, which is a mineral necessary for hair growth.
Mangoes also contain vitamin A which is involved in the production of sebum, which keeps our skin and scalp moisturised. Vitamin A also counters the effects of ageing. The generous amounts of vitamin C and A keep the immune system strong and healthy.
The high levels of fibre, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels. Mangoes also contain high levels of potassium which helps in regulating blood pressure.
Great for Eyes
Mangoes contain lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin C which supports healthy eyes and delays macular degeneration.
Mangoes contain polyphenols (an antioxidant) which fights oxidative stress linked to colon, lung, breast and bone cancer.
Benefits of Mango leaves:
Mango leaves are filled with healing and medicinal properties.
Mango leaves are used to treat diabetic angiopathy and diabetic retinopathy. Mango leaves are also useful for hyperglycemia, kidney and gallbladder stones, respiratory issues, dysentery, earache, burns and hiccups.
Don't have more than one Mango daily and not after 4 PM. Eaten in excess, Mangoes can lead to weight gain, increase in blood sugar levels and 'mango mouth’. Mango mouth causes blisters, itching and swelling around the mouth.