Mango belongs to the ‘drupe family’ i.e a type of plant that the outer flesh surrounds the shell with a seed inside examples are dates and olives.
Its that season of the year where there is abundance of this nutritious fruit mango. I love mango and I know you do likewise, this fruit is lush, chewy, sweet and filling.
The aim of writing this post is to throw more awareness on the health benefits of mangoes and also make us become fans of this amazing fruit.
Highlighted below are some of its health benefits:
Prevents Heart Disease
With an alarming increase in cardiovascular disease. Potassium which is an active constituent in mangoes has been discovered to control heart rate and blood pressure in humans. A person who is hypertensive is advised to eat mangoes regularly(high potassium intake) while reducing intake of food that contains sodium.
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If you constantly complain of constipation and bad bowel movement, there is no better remedy than snacking on mangoes. Due to its fibrous nature and high water content, mangoes improves digestion thereby facilitating good bowel movement.
Recommendation: Eat two mangoes (bark and flesh) daily to prevent constipation.
Improves Bone Health.
We all know that bones are important in the human body because they provide structure, protect the organs. With the advancement of age comes many bone related problems such as osteoporosis, arthritis, rheumatism. Many of these bone related problems can be prevented by incorporating calcium in our diet. Mangoes contains calcium and vitamin K. Vitamin K is important because it improves calcium absorption which is important for bone health. Low intake of vitamin K causes greater risk of bone fracture.
Do you know that more than 235 million people currently suffer from asthma worldwide. Also, there is no known cure but asthma attacks can be prevented by good diet. It has been discovered that the risk of suffering asthmatic attack is greatly reduced among people who consume food high in beta-carotene than those who do not. Fortunately mangoes are rich in beta-carotene, Alpha-carotene, beta- cryptoxanthin. It is therefore advised that mango, carrots, pumpkin and apricot are added to an asthmatic patient diet.
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Diabetes is a disease in which the persons blood sugar is too high and the body cannot make or use insulin well. Diabetes results majorly from the type of food you eat. Consumption of simple sugar such as ice cream, candies, junks causes a spike in the blood sugar. If this goes on for a long period, the body stops producing or making insulin. The glucose stays in the blood which is very dangerous to the health of an individual. Mango is a high fibre diet with low amount of calories, it is therefore suitable for preventing diabetes.
Mangoes are abundant this season, do yourself and your family a favour by eating this rich and healthy fruit. Depending on your preference, you can make fruit salad, smoothies or juice or eat it wholly…ENJOY!!!!
I leave you with a question.
Why do people disregard healthy eating even though it is much cheaper?