Around the time that I made a commitment to the raw vegan lifestyle, I began to frequent a healthy local restaurant called Arden’s Garden. In trying out a variety of their smoothies, I find that I often gravitate towards the Spinach Slam. This drink tastes yummy and-in addition to containing a reputable amount of spinach-also comes with a bit of mango. Although I was not accustomed to eating mango when I grew up, my exposure to the fruit has heightened my curiosity about the health benefits it offers. Here are three:
1. Cancer Prevention.
In discussing the benefits of mango, Randy Fritz notes that research indicates the fruit is effective in protecting us against colon, leukemia, breast, and prostate cancers. The antioxidant compounds in the fruit capable of offering us this preventive aid include quercetin, isoquercitrin, fisetin, astragalin, gallic acid and methylgallat. Additionally, mangos come packed with enzymes capable of fighting the deadly disease.
2. Promotes Eye Health.
As many health experts know, just one cup of sliced up mangoes affords our body 25% of the DV for vitamin A. This is important since vitamin A is known for preventing night blindness, dry eyes, and good eyesight. (Some of the other benefits we receive from the vitamin A in mangoes include the fact that it keeps our mucous membrane cells and skin looking healthy. The vitamin can also limit the complications of individuals who have experienced a stroke.)
3. Improves Digestion.
Individuals who struggle with digestive issues may be happy to note that mangoes can provide assistance in this area of health improvement. In discussing the health benefits of mangoes, Diana Herrington notes that mangoes contain enzymes that can break down protein in our bodies. Additionally, mangoes can aid in the process of digestion and elimination. Although such matters can be a touchy subject to talk about, it is important that we do so given that many health experts believe that all disease begins in the colon and is thus related to how efficiently we eliminate waste matter.
In recognizing how beneficial mangoes can be to one’s health, you may find it advantageous to begin incorporating them into your diet. There are a variety of cool ways you can do so, including using them in smoothies or on top of salads. If you prefer to consume your fruit in a simpler fashion, you can enjoy them by themselves. Good luck!