A Powerhouse Summer Fruit: 5 Ways Mangoes can Improve Health?
The summer is finally here and what better way to add some exotic flavors and jump-start the season than by snacking on some delicious mangoes? While mangoes can add a tropical twist and a burst of flavor to any meal, this “king of fruits” can also greatly help improve your health—it can help fight off illness, improve cholesterol levels and can even possibly help prevent certain cancers and heart diseases. No matter if you choose to eat it raw, ripe or in liquid form, to learn some of the reasons why mangoes should be included in your diet all summer-long, continue reading below.
1. Fights Viruses, Cancers and Heart Disease. First of all, this sweet fruit is an excellent source of vitamin c (an antioxidant) which helps build your body’s defense system and strengthens your immunity. This factor alone helps prevent free radicals from attacking your body. Free radicals are harmful agents that form one of two ways—either naturally through the metabolic phase or through pollutants found in the air. Either way, free radicals break down the body and make you vulnerable to contracting illnesses such as the common cold, cardiovascular disease and even some cancers.
2. Boosts Libido and Enhances Sex. Because mangoes are rich in vitamin c, they also have the ability to repair tissues and maintain healthy organs, including reproduction organs, for both sexes. In addition, researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center suggest that vitamin c can help resolve sexual dysfunctions such as premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction and a low libido. Mangoes are also loaded with vitamin E—a nutrient that is proven to increase sex hormones and enhance your sex drive.
3. Lowers Cholesterol. Mangos are also rich in soluble fiber which helps lower the bad cholesterol (LDL levels) which clogs arteries that can result in heart attacks or strokes.
4. Regulates Digestion. In addition, mangoes have special digestive enzymes (esters and terpenes) that significantly aid in breaking down food and reduce stomach acid which help with digestion. As a bonus, because mangoes are in fact high in soluble fiber, this fruit can also help prevent the ever-dreaded and uncomfortable constipation.
5. Fortifies Healthy Eyes. Lastly, this summer fruit is also packed with vitamin A—a nutrient commonly found in carrots and eggs—and can help maintain the health of your eyes. This can include anything from helping fight against blindness, alleviating dryness in the eye and softening of the cornea.
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