Mangoes are one of those superfoods that provide well rounded nutrition, prevent disease, and taste great. They can be eaten in all sorts of ways, including cubed, dried, or blended into a smoothie. Mango is great for adding a little tropical flair to your day, and it can also spice things up in the bedroom. But that’s just the start. There are lots of great reasons to eat some mango every day – let’s count them.
1. Reduced Risk of Cancer
Mangoes are a high antioxidant food, but not to the same level as things like blueberries and acai berries. Still, researchers tested the effect of mango
2. Healthier Cholesterol Levels
Mangoes contain high levels of vitamin C, fiber, and pectin, which together can reduce serum cholesterol levels. Mangoes also contain a lot of potassium, which is a critical part of the potassium-sodium balance that regulates the way our bodies use water. And, of course, mangoes contain a lot of water, too. That means that regular consumption can help prevent dehydration, which is one driver of high cholesterol.
When facing dehydration, the body increases its cholesterol production to keep cell membranes moist and pliable, which is necessary for tissues to be able to efficiently exchange nutrients for waste. When you’re dehydrated, the volume and the flow-rate of your blood is also reduced, which can lead to greater accumulation of cholesterol in your arteries.
3. Alkalized Bodily Environment
We know that cancer cells prefer acidic environments, so anything you can do to tip the body’s pH toward alkalinity can help lower your chances of developing the deadly disease. Mango contains tartaric acid, malic acid, and traces of citric acid, all of which help maintain alkalinity. It seems counterintuitive, but these acids all become alkaline during the digestive process.
It is worthwhile to note, however, that eating alkalizing foods only adjusts the pH of your urine, not your blood, and so it may be most protective against bladder cancer specifically. Also, cancer cells can grow in any environment, despite their preference. File this one under “it couldn’t hurt”.
4. Healthier Digestion
Mango is full of prebiotic dietary fiber. Prebiotics are non-digestible foods that support the growth of beneficial bacteria. The good bacteria help ward off disease; prebiotics are, in essence, food for the probiotics in your system, not for you directly. Eating a lot of mango can keep the environment in your gut healthy.
Mangoes also contain vitamins and minerals that help to break down protein during digestion. The fiber keeps you feeling full and satiated for longer, helping to stave off unhealthy food cravings. The combination of craving control and efficient digestion may ultimately help you lose weight more easily.
5. Better Insulin Regulation
You don’t need to stick to just the fruit of the mango tree – the leaves are good for you, too. In fact, drinking a tea of boiled mango leaves is thought to help regulate insulin levels. Simply boil 5-6 leaves in water for a few minutes, then let it steep overnight. In the morning, remove the leaves and drink the tea.
The extract improves insulin production and distribution of glucose, thereby stabilizing blood sugar levels in diabetics. This makes it a great beverage to drink before eating.