Mango… The “King of Fruits”

This “King of Fruits” is one of the most popular and nutritionally rich fruits in the world with a unique taste, flavor, texture and health-promoting properties. There are over 1000 different varieties of mangoes.

Properties: 

  • They are an amazing source of vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex as well as health-promoting flavonoids such as beta-carotene and alpha-carotene.
  • They are powerful anti-cancer food and are specifically known to help prevent lung, breast, and colon, prostate, blood, and oral cancers.
  • They are also highly beneficial in the prevention of strokes, heart disease, arthritis, cognitive disorders, respiratory diseases, and kidney disease.
  • They are a good source of potassium, an important component of cell and body fluids which controls heart rate and blood pressure.
  • The tartaric, malic and citric acid in mangoes helps to alkalinize the whole body and flush out toxic acids. 
  • They are packed with enzymes and are a prebiotic food, meaning they contain compounds that stimulate and feed the good bacteria in the intestines which greatly aids in digestion and assimilation. 
  • They contain a significant amount of pyridoxine (B-6) which is vital for the synthesis of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Pyridoxine is also essential in maintaining hormonal balance and proper immune function as well as for helping the body break down sugars, fats and proteins. 
  • They contain copper which is required for red blood cell production.
  • They help prevent insomnia and provide for a better night’s sleep.
  • They help to decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol because of their fiber, pectin, and vitamin C content. 
  • Due to their high vitamin A content, they are also excellent for promoting good eyesight and helping to prevent night blindness and dry eyes. 
  • They prevent anemia because of their iron content.
  • They are wonderful for skin health and can be used to help clear clogged pores, eliminate pimples, and add a natural glow to the skin. 
  • Since the fruit has a relatively low glycaemic index, moderate consumption of approx 2 slices of mango by diabetics will not spike blood sugar levels.
  • Interestingly, the mango peel is also rich in phytonutrients.

Mangoes are one of the world’s most versatile fruits and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. Use mango in your smoothies, shakes, salads, raitas, salsa, chutneys, jams, preserves, marinades and vegetable dishes. Blend green mango pulp with water, jaggery and a pinch of soonth to prepare a delicious remedy for heat stroke. Spices also pair well with mango … experiment with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, chili, cardamom, pepper, etc. to boost the flavor and nutrition of the dish. Experiment with finding new ways to add mangos into your diet. Your body will love you for it…. And do not forget to send us a recipe 😉

If you are not sure whether the mangoes you have bought are organic…or whether they have been artificially ripened with calcium carbide, wash them thoroughly and leave them overnight in a bowl of water,

A word of caution: Restrict your intake of this fruit if you are on warfarin therapy. Since mangoes have high vitamin A content, it could result in potentiation of warfarin activity and increased bleeding risk.

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Stay blessed with good health…always!!!

Warm regards,

Charmaine D’Souza.

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