The Health Benefits of Mangoes (Mangifera Indica)


Mango, one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics belong to the flowering plant family called Anacardiaceae.

Research has shown the antioxidant compounds found in mango fruit can protect against colon, breast, leukaemia and prostate cancers. Mango is also one of several fruits that contain enzymes for breaking down protein.The Health Benefits of Mangoes (Mangifera Indica) 1

Mangoes are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They are also an excellent source of dietary fibre and vitamin B6, as well as a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C. They are rich in minerals like potassium, magnesium and copper, and they are one of the best sources of quercetin, betacarotene, and astragalin.

These potent antioxidants have the ability to nullify free radicals throughout the human body. Ailments like heart disease, premature aging, cancer and degenerative diseases are due to these free radicals that damage the cells.

Summarily, magnifera indica aids in weight gain, lower blood pressure, helps maintain a healthy heart, indigestion and acidity elimination, cures acne and slows the aging process. It also helps to boost human immune system, brain health, and cancer prevention. Mangoes give relief from anaemia and active to check diabetes.

Mangoes are also really good for pregnant woman, since the iron requirements during pregnancy is extremely essential.

Physicians often prescribe iron tablets during pregnancy, however a healthy iron-rich diet with juicy mangoes can equally provide good iron supplement.

By Adeyemi Bamidele Ezekiel