4 Reasons to Be Merry about Mangoes
Mangoes have been part of the human diet for over 4,000 years. The mango tree grows in the tropics and produces juicy, nutritious fruits. People eat mangoes alone or add them to fruit salads and salsas. Fresh mangoes are low in calories and contain beneficial nutrients. Available year-round, mangoes are a healthy addition to your diet. (1)
Did you know Mangoes are also packed with over 20 vitamins and minerals? Not only do they taste great, but this exotic fruit also contain an enzyme that is known to soothe an upset stomach, and provide feelings of contentment (2). By consuming one cup of mangoes alone, you are feeding your body a whole host of benefits, from brain function to bone health.
Mangoes contain two types of B vitamins: vitamin B6 and Folate. Folate is important from birth to your senior years; essential to the development of the neural tube in utero (3) and then preventing dementia as we age (4). A healthy intake of Folate helps red blood cell formation and blood circulation, preventing a buildup of homocysteine, which has been linked to dementia (5), and is bad for your head and your heart. Suavva is all about energizing happiness, and our brain chemistry attributes happiness to Serotonin. B6 helps to produce this very vital neurotransmitter.
Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps keep vision clear, precise, and healthy. (6) Mangoes contain beta-carotene, which is known to help one’s vision, and the antioxidant zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin helps to filter out blue light rays and protects the eyes from Macular degeneration, a disease that affects the retina. (7)
Mangoes are a source of calcium and vitamin K, which is great news for those who are lactose intolerant. Calcium, the most common mineral in the body, is important for blood clotting, muscle contraction, and nerve impulses. (8) Calcium is also needed for multiple bodily functions, and is processed through the body on a daily basis. if the body has a calcium deficiency, it pulls the mineral from your bones. This is called demineralization, a process done by a bone cell called osteoclasts. (9) Demineralization to a certain extent is normal, but if the body does it too often or there is an influx of osteoclasts in the body, this can cause severe problems leading to fracture and broken bones. Not only is it important to provide the body with enough calcium, but Vitamin K helps to regulate osteoclasts. (10)
A healthy heart is fundamental, pumping blood and nourishment out from the center of our body. Put two mangoes together and you’d get a funny looking heart shape. Eat two mangoes and your heart will be smiling for days. Mangoes are a unique fruit containing both copper and iron, a mineral cocktail that helps create brilliant red blood cells. (11) It’s also a source of potassium, which can be found in a lot of fruits and vegetables, but the modern diet tends to be low on potassium and high in sodium causing cholesterol and blood pressure to rise. (12) A diet rich in potassium helps to clear out the excess sodium in the body, and lowers blood pressure. (13)
With all of its amazing nutritional benefits, you now see why mangoes make us so merry! Remember, the best way to ensure your body is getting enough of the nutrients it needs is through a healthy diet. Too much or too little of any vitamin or mineral isn’t good. It’s amazing how when we feed and treat our body right, it knows how to take care of us. Filling your diet with super foods and super fruits ensures you’re getting all you need to live the best life possible.
1 http://www.livestrong.com/article/403571-what-are-the-benefits-of-eating-mangoes/<< Back to Blog