Mangoes have been a popular fruit in our diet a lot longer than most people realize. There are many different kinds of mangoes that range in color, shape, flavor and seed size. Skin color of mangoes can vary from green to red, yellow or orange; the inner flesh of the mango is mostly a golden yellow. They have a sweet and creamy taste and contain over 20 vitamins and minerals.
Many studies have shown that increasing consumption of plant foods like mangoes decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight. Mangoes are rich in fiber, so rich that if you consume at least one per day, you are almost guaranteed to prevent constipation, piles, and symptoms of a spastic colon.
1. Boosts Immunity
Similar to carrots, mangoes are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful carotenoid. This element helps to greatly enhance the immune system of the body and make it impervious to bacteria and toxins. Excess beta-carotene is also transformed into vitamin A inside the body, which is another antioxidant that gives you additional protection against free radicals that can harm your internal systems.
2. Fight Cancer
Diets rich in beta-carotene may also play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition and has been shown to have an inverse association with the development of colon cancer in the Japanese population.
Another study conducted by Texas AgriLife Research food scientists who tested mango polyphenol extracts on colon, breast, lung, leukemia and prostate cancers, found they were shown to have some impact on all cancers tested, but were most effective with breast and colon cancers.
Pectin can also help prevent men from developing prostate cancer, as The European Prospective Investigation of Cancer found a strong association between eating mango and lowering the risk of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.