Mango – Fruit from a Sacred Tree

Ever get tired of common fruit we have been taking?  OK, we can consider another exotic fruit, mango.

Mango is originated from South Asia, mainly in eastern India and Myanmar.  Due to its tastiness, it spreads to Southeast Asia 2500 years ago.  It was only started to spread to east of Africa about 1000 year ago and to other tropical part of the world, like Brazil, Mexico, Bermuda and other Caribbean islands more than 500 years later.

It grows well in warm and frost-free region in tropical and warmer part of subtropical areas.  India produces almost ½ of the mangoes in the world while China is the 2nd larges producer.

For every cup(225 grams) of mangoes, it has more than ¾ of our daily needs of vitamin C and ¼ or our daily needs of vitamin A.  Besides these, it also contain high amount of vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, E, K and choline.  There are also minerals like zinc, calcium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, iron and prebiotic fiber.  Besides, there are many types of antioxidant compounds like poly-phenolic flavonoid, isoquercitrin, quercetin, astragalin, methylgallat, gallic acid, and fisetin.

There are many benefits for taking mango or mango juice.  Some of the benefits are,

  1. Help to fight cancer – with all its antioxidant compound, it is able to help to protect us from colon, prostate, breast cancers and leukemia as well.
  2. Lower cholesterol – with its vitamin C, fiber, pectin, it helps to keep cholesterol level down. And with its potassium, it helps to regulate blood pressure and heart beat.
  3. Cleanse the skin – by applying the juice on the face or the skin between 10 to 15 minutes, it helps to unclog pores and keep our skin fresh.
  4. Maintain the pH in our body – with its tartaric acid, citric acid and malic acid, it helps to maintain pH in our body at healthy level.
  5. Help in weight loss – the fiber and the nutrients in the fruit will help us feel full for longer time.  That will make us eat less and help to control weight.
  6. Help regulate diabetes – by boiling mango leaves with plain water and then drink it, it will help to regulate the insulin level in our body.
  7. Regulate sex hormones – as it has high amount of vitamin E and several other enzyme that will help to boost sex drive and regulate sex hormones.
  8. Maintain eye health – with its high amount of vitamin A, regular intake of mango or its juice with help to promote healthy eye sight and prevent night blindness.
  9. Help in digestive system – with its dietary fiber and enzymes, it helps to us to digest the protein and improve nutrient absorption.
  10. Prevent heat stroke – with its nutrients, taking its juice will help to prevent heat stroke in the summer days.
  11. Improve immune system – with the various types vitamin A and vitamin C, it helps to keep our immune system at tip top condition.
  12. Helps to stay focus and improve memory – glutamine acid in the fruit will help the children to maintain focus and improve their memory at their studies.
  13. Lower kidney stones risk – mango is considered as a cooling fruit in Chinese medicine.  By taking it regularly, it will reduce the chance of kidney stone formation.

Though with all its goodness and its sacred name in India, we need to be careful of its raw latex.  It can cause swelling of lips, mouth(especially at the side) ulcer, sometimes even breathing difficulty, diarrhea, and vomiting.  Raw mango leaves have toxin that may kill cattle and other livestock.  It is also not advised to burn the wood or leaves of mango as it will release toxic fumes that will cause bad irritation on lungs and eyes.