The mango is a sweet-tasting, fleshy fruit with a large stone in it. There are several different species of mango found in the wild, and they are all a part of the Anacardiaceae family. The mango is a native of South Asia, and it has been exported to, and is cultivated extensively in, the tropics.
Mangoes are a very nutritious fruit. They are naturally alkaline, contain a lot of vitamins C and A and are also rich in antioxidants. The health benefits of mango include the following:
Potential Anti-Cancer Properties
Compounds such as quercetin, isoquercitrin and fisetin that are found in mangoes are thought to have anti-cancer properties. This fruit is rich in antioxidants that help to slow the effects of aging and may protect against breast, colon and prostate cancer.
Another benefit of mango is that it is high in fibre, vitamin C and pectin. These nutrients can help to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood. LDL cholesterol is the ?bad? form of cholesterol. Reducing your cholesterol levels can protect against heart disease and strokes.
A single cup of mango provides one quarter of an adult?s RDA of vitamin A, a nutrient which is essential for the health of your eyes. Maintaining a good vitamin A intake helps to prevent night blindness and can relieve dry eyes too.
The combination of fats, fibre and sugar in mango works to normalise insulin levels in your blood stream. Mango has a fairly low glycemic index compared to other fruits and sweet snacks, so as long as you consume it in moderation your blood sugar levels should not spike.
The fibre contained in the mango helps to make your digestion more efficient, and the fruit also contains several enzymes that break down proteins, making your body?s digestive process much more efficient in general.
Better Immune System
Mango fruit contains a huge range of carotenoids, as well as vitamins C and A, all of which are essential to the proper functioning of your immune system. While recent research indicates that vitamin C is not the miracle cure for colds that we once thought it was, it is still useful for fighting colds and flu before they begin. Why take a multivitamin when you can consume a balanced Paleo diet that includes all of the essential vitamins and minerals in a tasty (and more bioavailable) format?
Mango and the Paleo Diet
Mangoes are naturally high in sugar, so if you are trying to lose weight then you may want to limit your intake of them. However, they are not forbidden on the Paleo diet. While most Paleo diet followers do prefer to limit their intake of high-sugar foods, there is nothing wrong with eating mango in moderation, especially if you limit your fruit intake to natural (not dried) fruits that are in season, instead of consuming the same high-sugar fruits all year round. Make fruits your sweet treat instead of chocolates or pastries.