There will be barely any soul who can hate mangoes from the core of their heart, since the glory of mango shines even brighter than the fallacy created around it! Here’s to all the haters (if any) and lovers alike, the praises Gympik’s nutritionist and diet consultant Sujetha Shetty has to shower on the nutritional values of mango and affirm that, comes what may, mangoes are there to stay since this is an ideal fruit for weight loss and along comes many other health benefits too!
So, add mangoes in your diet on a regular basis, till the season bids you goodbye! As Sujetha says, “Mangoes come in the list of mother nature’s most amazing foods. These are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytonutrients, vitamin-C & antioxidant compounds like quercetin, gallic acid, methylgallat, isoquercitrin, fisetin, and astragalin. This fruit is a wonder fruit as it helps in maintaining healthy vision, skin, immune function and protects against some forms of cancer.”
So, if you wonder what is in store for you in this sumptuous tropical flavored fruit, here is a host of benefits that you can get while consuming this fruit and going through a delightful sensory experience.
Better Skin health
A whole mango contains the goodness of vitamin C, so much so that a cup of it can provide almost 100% of the Daily Value for vitamin C. Vitamin C is not only an excellent antioxidant but also supports healthy cognitive and neurologic function. Consuming mango increases immunity, keeps oral health in check and helps in collagen formation. The vitamin C present in mango also helps in improving the absorption of non-heme iron which is the form of iron found in plant-based foods. Hence, mango not only makes your skin look beautiful by keeping your major health functions in check but also increases body fat oxidation while you exercise.
Aids in Weight loss
Mangoes contain phytochemicals that repress fat cells from expanding their walls and therefore, help prevent weight gain. Mangoes are the source of natural probiotics that boost gut function, improve your digestive function and eventually promote fat loss. Moreover, one whole mango (medium size) has just 100 calories and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol, is loaded with fiber and 20 different minerals and vitamins.
Moreover, consuming mangoes ensure improved gut health which implies better absorption and improved metabolism rate that aid in weight loss. Mangoes contain Polyphenols i.e. phytochemicals which help reducing obesity-induced inflammation.
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The high levels of pectin (fiber) present in mango, almost 12% of the Daily Value (DV) for fiber, clears the intestine by easing out bowel movement and improve constipation issues. In addition to that, they are rich sources of potassium, which prevents bloating. Mangoes contain tartaric and malic acid that help balance the pH level in your body. Moreover, the fibrous flesh of mangoes act as a natural carbohydrate blocker and hence, helps maintain blood sugar levels. Due to high fiber content, mangoes keep you fuller for longer and slows down sugar absorption into the bloodstream.
Improves Brain function
Mangoes are rich in vitamin B6 that is considered as a vital nutrient in maintaining and improving brain function. Pyridoxine in mangoes improves the function of Gamma-Aminobutyric acid or GABA (a neurotransmitter) in the brain and help regulating communication between brain cells. The glutamine acid content in mangoes helps improve concentration, memory, enhances mood and control stress level.
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Mangoes are not only great for your skin, and hair, but are also great immunity boosters. A cup of mango has nearly 25% of the Daily Value for Vitamin A, 25 different carotenoids and magnesium that accelerate muscle recovery and relaxation, and keep nervous system healthy. Mangoes contain 10% of the Daily Value for copper that improves immunity, 10% of the Daily Value for vitamin B6 and other B vitamins that play a pivotal role in managing a healthy cognitive development, improving the functions of pituitary and thyroid glands, helping body make hemoglobin, and maintaining healthy blood sugar level in the body.
So, if you have heard mangoes are bad for diabetics, it heats up your body and cause acne, or mangoes can be bad for your waistline…it’s time you rethink and add mango in the list of your favourite fruits. Considering the number of benefits mangoes have, it’s wise not to miss the chance to add them in your diet in any form you prefer. Tell us how you add mangoes in your diet in the comments section below.