Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Mangoes are good for health
One of my favorite fruit is mango, I love the sweet yellow pulp. Mangoes are not only delicious but also good for the health. Mango boosts our ability to fight cancer, heart disease and eye problems.
The antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.
While Vitamin A and beta-carotene in mango keeps your eyes healthy. About a cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25% of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.
vitamin B6 helps control homocysteine in the blood. The soluble fibre in mangoes slows down the release of sugar into your blood. Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood, you can boil the leaves then drink the filtered decoction. Mango fruit have a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C in mangoes help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein which is the bad cholesterol.
Mangos also clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in the fruit help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.
The good amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangoes, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.