Mango – The World’s Healthiest Fruit

 

juicy mango

Today, our guest blogger is Nadia Jones.  

Arguably the best fruit for you is one that you have probably passed by with your shopping cart many times.

A mango’s physical appearance is not one that is too inviting, but its nutritional value is unparalleled.

Mangoes have developed a reputation for being a remedy for fevers, constipation, and respiratory problems. However, the health benefits of this affordable and delicious fruit go much further.

Mangoes contain essential vitamins and dietary minerals, and they also offer consumers an array of therapeutic benefits.

Antioxidant

Mangoes contain phenols, such as quercetin, astragalin, fisetin, and methylgallat. These phenols have powerful antioxidant and cancer-preventing capacities. Being a potent antioxidant, mangoes can help protect cells from free radical damage, and they also reduce the risk of cancer.

Iron

Mangoes are high in iron, and serve as a direct benefit for women who are pregnant as well as for individuals who are suffering from anemia. For women who become weak after menopause, mangoes can serve as the perfect iron supplement. Furthermore, the vitamin C in mangoes boosts the absorption of iron from vegetable food.

Skincare

From the amount of vitamin E that mangoes contain, the fruit can relieve clogged pores, and promote smooth skin. Those suffering from acne have also turned to the fruit because it is a rich source of vitamin A. Vitamin A offers the skin a healthy shine, and it also increases skin suppleness.

Digestion

Another benefit of this tasty treat is the digestive enzymes mangoes have, which work to help break down proteins and aid digestion. These enzymes in mangoes can help combat acidity and soothe your stomach. Accompanied by the large amounts of fiber in the fruit, regular consumption can further prevent constipation, keeping you regular.

Beyond these primary benefits, this one piece of fruit continues to serve us well in other ways. For students who have trouble concentrating in the classroom, the glutamine acid in mangoes works to keep cells active and boosts memory.

The amount of Vitamin A you will receive can prevent night blindness, dryness of the eyes, and itching and burning in the eyes. In fact, the fruit’s only fault is that it can be a bit of challenge to devour, as cutting a mango is never simple.

Photo Credit:  Kirti Poddar

  • http://www.thenaturallyyoucoach.com Leah

    I simply love mangoes, they are my favorite fruit along with watermelons.

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      My favorite too and I do enjoy watermelons as well.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Evelyn

  • Ambika Mahajan

    I love mangoes. But my gym instructor keeps telling me to stay off them if I actually want to shed those extra pounds hanging on to me. Is is true that mango causes you to put on weight?
    ((I so so hope that you say that they dont so that there will be lesser guilt involved in eating them next summers).

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Hi Ambika!

      Welcome to my blog!

      Mangoes are my favorite too.

      I’m not sure about the weight gain, but they are high in sugar, so maybe that’s why your gym instructor warned you to stay off them.

      Take care,

      Evelyn

    • http://fitandfed.net/ Mary

      I sure wouldn’t worry about a little healthy fresh fruit like a mango which has a lot of fiber, vitamins and phytonutrients. I’d save my worry for truly empty sources of sugar calories like soda, candy, and desserts.

  • http://www.morehealth.ws Rita

    Not sure about ‘proper’ but after carefully cutting the skin off (to minimise fruit wastage), I turn the mango on its side and slice as near to the nut as possible, then I do the same to the other side. I then lay the mango flat and slice off the remaining fruit at an angle to the nut to cut off the remaining juicy bits of fruit.
    I love mango!
    Great post,Evelin!

    Take care,
    Rita

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Thanks for sharing! :)

  • http://eat-lose-weight.com/ Amy Upton

    Mangoes are definitely a great health food for sure. I have also created a post that includes the top 10 foods to help you lose weight fast and that one could of been a possibility. Great post!

  • http://fitandfed.net/ Mary

    Nice! You gotta figure fresh fruit is healthy, but I didn’t know about the specific antioxidants in mango, the Vitamin E, and the digestive benefits. I’ve been eating and cooking with the champagne mangoes a lot lately, so it’s good to hear how healthy they are.

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Hi Mary!

      Yes, fresh is healthy!

      Cooking with mangoes, now that sounds very interesting!

      Thanks for chiming in!

      Evelyn

  • Liz Whitaker

    Thanks for stopping by from Bloggers! Each country grow different types of mangoes, find out how many types of mangoes are grown around the world, you’ll be surprised. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      You’re welcome!

      Take care!

      Evelyn

  • http://danielleparsons.com Danielle Parsons

    Great information about Mangos Evelyn! I use tropical fruits every morning in a homemade fruit and vegetable juice powder smoothie. I will keep an eye out for mangos at the market because I need the increased memory. There is much benefit in adding mangos to our diet.

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Hi Danielle,

      Welcome to my blog!

      The mango is by far my favorite fruit. I’m glad you stopped by and connected.

      Take care,

      Evelyn

  • http://www.bappydood.com/en/ Miss Lego

    If you really want to have plenty of mangos, then you shall come to my city Cartagena in Colombia. Here almost every house has a mango tree, which of course makes mango a very easy-to-get fruit.

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Hi Miss Lego,

      I wish I had mango trees in my yard. There would hardly be any mangoes on my tree, because I would eat them so fast. :)

      Take care,

      Evelyn

  • http://blog.dialdoctors.com/ Laura

    You should consider doing mango juice or shakes. It’s so thick you’ll think that it’s doused with xantham gum! If you like having green monsters then a little mango could go a long way.

    In order to easily cut mangoes I would recommend peeling them with long strokes. You could always do it the lazy way a.k.a. my way. Small bite to the top to separate the peel from the flesh and pull it down like a banana. :)

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for sharing how to peel mangoes. I’ve always struggled with that.

      Thanks for stopping by! ;)

  • http://healthybreakfastsmoothies.com Jeff

    Thanks for the information. Confirms why I love them and have been eating so much since changing my diet. We buy frozen and fresh mangos and have them almost daily. Maybe its one of the reasons my stomach issues have practically gone away since the diet change!

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Hi Jeff,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

  • master blogger

    I cant believe it we have a lot of mangoes here and I am just passing it by thank you for the information

    Zero Dramas

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Hey Master Blogger,

      Thanks for stopping by from Bloggers!

      Take care,

      Evelyn

  • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

    I do love mango’s, Papaya has some of the same properties and benefits as well I have read.

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Hey Justin,

      Thanks for stopping by! Yeah, papaya is pretty good too.

  • http://franstips.com/2011/05/Power-article-writing-10-tips-to-re-purpose Fran the Online Writer

    Hi Nadia and Evelyn:

    Mango used to be the most favorite fruit of the east,but now it is like all over globally. as the post says it has lots of nutrition and then tickles the taste buds, so what’s not to like.

    Thanks for the informative post

    Fran a

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Hi Ms. Fran,

      It sure does tickle the taste buds. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

    Hi Nadia,

    Thanks for your MANGO post! :)

    Mango is my favorite fruit. I can never get enough. I’m glad they are very healthy for the body.

    Take care,

    Evelyn

  • http://www.happyheartandmind.com Zengirl

    Nadia,

    I love Mango. I grew up in India and we have so many types of mangoes to eat there. In here California, we get mangoes from Mexico which is different but still cool as Mango is one of the best fruit in my mind.

    I love having mango shake, mango lassi and Mango ice-cream along with raw mango too.

    Preeti

    Evelyn, I like you are guest posters just as I like you!

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Hey Preeti,

      I see you’re a lover of mangoes. I am too. :)

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always a pleasure seeing you.

      Evelyn

  • http://healthyone.org/ Health Blog

    Your info about mango is true. But I beg to differ in one point. If I am not wrong The best fruit is Kiwi fruit according to an Australian study (although I can not name the study right now) on nutrition values of different fruits across the globe.
    But mango is among top ten fruits.

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Hey Jupitor,

      Thanks for chiming in and sharing that information.

      Yes, mango is up there…glad it is on the the top 10 list, because I really enjoy eating them. ;)

      Take care,
      Evelyn

  • http://www.sarasotanls.com/ Adam

    Whether the mango fruit comes with nutritional values or not I’ve always savored on this fruit but glad to know that mango comes with so many nutritional benefits. This fruit comes in different types and the best ones just melts in the mouth. Each country grow different types of mangoes, find out how many types of mangoes are grown around the world, you’ll be surprised.

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Hi Adam,

      You’re so right about the best ones melting in the mouth. Nothing tops it. ;)

      Thanks for sharing!

  • http://affiliateblog.ascentive.com/ greg

    Interesting.. I actually had literally no idea that this was considered among the healthiest fruits available. I would say that it certainly is among the best tasting!! I certainly don’t pass them by in the food store aisle!

    greg

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Hey Greg,

      It is one of the best tasting. I really enjoy eating them!

      Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.pricewisefavors.com/ Calli

    Mango is my favorite. Both the ripe and the green ones. But I didn’t know its the world’s healthiest fruit. Now I don’t have to feel guilty if I eat more than my tummy could handle at times. lol

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      My favorite is mango too. Hmm, never taken to the green ones, maybe I should give them a try.

      Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.trainingforcnacertification.org Maria Pavel

    I just love mangoes and thanks for bringing out these facts, these facts indeed made me feel that I had been right in feasting on all those mangoes all this while!

    • http://evelynparham.com Evelyn Parham

      Thanks for chiming in.