Mango is a vibrant and juicy tropical fruit often referred to as the king of fruits. There are a huge number of mango species, but they all have one thing in common: they are delicious. Of course, when fully ripe, because unripe mango tastes a bit like regular carrots.
Even though this fruit is high in sugar, it is beneficial. Here are a few of the health benefits of mangoes worth indulging in this tropical treat more often.
Strengthens the immune system
Vitamin A is essential for our immunity. It is necessary for the production and activity of white blood cells and the body’s defence against various pathogens. A deficiency in this vitamin can make a person very susceptible to infections. Regular consumption of mango can easily make up for the lack of vitamin A so that the immune system always remains strong enough.
Improves Skin & Hair Health
Vitamin A in mango is also crucial for healthy skin, hair and sebaceous glands. In addition, the tropical fruit is rich in vitamin C (40% of an adult’s daily value), which is essential for collagen production. This filamentous protein provides elasticity to the skin, helping to prevent wrinkles and sagging skin.
Mango contains vitamin B6, magnesium and potassium, all of which are very beneficial for healthy sleep. For example, vitamin B6 promotes the production of melatonin (the “sleep hormone”), while magnesium and potassium help relax muscles, prevent night cramps, and slow nerve impulses so that a person can fall asleep and sleep soundly throughout the night.
Supports Eye Health
A sweet tropical fruit rich in antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin. This beneficial duo protects the eyes from the adverse effects of ultraviolet radiation, protects the retina and lens of the eye from damage, increases the visual range, and also helps the eyes adapt to bright light faster. In addition, lutein and zeaxanthin slow the progression of dangerous diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
Another beneficial property of mango is to improve digestion. The fruit contains enzymes that help digest food and fibre that supports the normal functioning of the digestive tract. Fibre also saturates well and reduces cravings for the refrigerator at night.