Summer is not all about scorching sun and sticky sweat. There is something delicious and healthy to look forward to.
Mangoes originated from India around 5,000 years ago. This delicious golden flesh is now a favourite fruit across the world. Mango has been an important herb in the Ayurvedic and indigenous medical systems for over 4000 years.
Improves your immunity
Mangoes are rich in Vitamin C, which in turn is a strong immunity booster. Vitamin C also helps produce collagen that keeps our and connective tissues such as bones and skin healthy. The strong anti-oxidant property of the mango helps improve your immune system to fight infections.
A small 250 gram mango can provide 90% of that vitamin C that we require for a day.
Improves Vision, skin, and hair
The beautiful yellow colour in the mango is provided by the pigment beta-carotene. This pigment is converted in our body into Vitamin A which is important for our vision, healthy skin, and hair. Vitamin A also acts as an antioxidant and in turn can boost our immune system.
Maintains cell and cardiovascular functions
Although less in comparison to the same serving of Banana, Mango has its fair share of potassium which is very essential for cell functions, maintaining blood pressure and heart electrical activity.
Approximately 75% of Mango is water and now we know why it’s the right fruit for summer. It prevents dehydration and is a good snack to have when we feel ravenous as the high water and fibre content can fill us up and give us the feeling of satiation and reduces the craving for food. With a low caloric value, if eaten in moderation, it keeps our weight in check.
Mango as medicine
The potential immunostimulant property of mango is proven in studies conducted on rats and is considered an important ayurvedic medicine in India.
– High Glycemic index of the mangoes can affect the blood sugar level. So diabetes people have to be careful
– Excess of anything is harmful. Though there is no specific guideline on how much is right, moderation is the key. Too much of Fibre can lead to constipation.
Though a favorite fruit, we should try to choose locally grown fruits as they are fresh, readily available, and cheap. Buy fresh for the best taste and highest concentration of beneficial compounds and nutrients.