With Mango season right around the corner, it is essential we remember why one must make the most of it. Mangoes have a host of essential vitamins, antioxidants, nutrients, minerals, etc. which give them an enviable position in the food chain. Loved by most people and animals, this king of fruits has rightfully earned its title by virtue of being one of the most wholesome food products nature can provide.
Some of the most essential components of the fruit along with their benefits are:
Vitamin C: A single serving of mango (approx. 220gms) contains 75% of our needed daily intake of vitamin C. This vitamin helps boost the immune system, improves skin, lowers bad cholesterol levels and aids in cancer prevention with the help of antioxidants.
Vitamin A: Mangoes contain 25% Vitamin A which helps in maintaining good eyesight while preventing night blindness and dry eyes. Also, vitamin A promotes production of collagen which helps in anti-ageing and faster skin cell regeneration.
Vitamin B6: This vitamin helps regulate hormone production in the brain and is vital for maintaining and improving the brain’s function. It also contributes in determining mood and sleep patterns.
Healthy Probiotic Fibre: The fibre found in the flesh along with enzymes, nutrients and vitamins present in the fruit aid digestion and help in maintaining a healthy colon and gut.
Copper, Magnesium & Potassium: Copper helps in red blood cell production and aids many essential enzymes in bodily functions. Magnesium and potassium act as a natural remedy to high blood pressure.
Low Glycemic Index (GI): The low GI present in mangoes makes it an ideal snack for those suffering from diabetes. Further, certain studies suggest consuming mangoes that have been soaked overnight in water (to remove the heat) aid in prevention of diabetes.
Iron & Folic Acid: High levels of iron present in mangoes help those suffering from anaemia. It also helps pregnant and menopausal women in fulfilling their daily iron intake without having to rely on additional supplements.