Mango, known to many as the “King of Fruit “, may have originated some 4000 years ago in East India and Burma. It spread throughout East Asia around 400 B.C. The name is said to have been derived from the Tamil word “Mangkay” which was later on adopted by Portuguese traders who settled in Western India calling it “manga”. They brought the seeds along and spread it to Africa and Brazil. Mango was introduced to Florida in 1830.
Biogically, it’s a close relative of cashew and pistachio and in terms of varieties, there’s 1,000 of them. They were are all derived from two strains of seeds, the monoembryonic and the polyembryonic. Mango belongs to the anachardiaceae family. They are in season during late December through August. The fruit surrounding the seed is fresh, juicy and deliciously sweet.
This superfruit contained a healthy amount of vitamin A, B6 and C including essential minerals like potassium, copper and magnesium with a good amount of probiotic fiber.
Without a doubt the nutritional content alone makes mango a good source of daily nutrients, however, what makes the mango even more amazing is its health benefits. It can help maintain alkali reserves of your body as it contains citric, tartaric and malic acid. Its sufficient amounts of fiber, vitamin C and pectin can assist in lowering down serum cholesterol level. The antioxidant compounds in mango, namely, astragalin, quercetin, methylgallat, gallic, and isoquercitrin including a rich amount of enzymes are known to protect you from prostate, leukemia, colon and breast cancers. And this fiber rich fruit also boosts the digestive function of your body by burning unwanted calories, thus helping you lose weight. The fiber also keeps your system running smoothly, letting your waste leave your colon quickly, thus lessening your risk of colon cancer.
It has a low glycemic index that will not increase your sugar level even if you overeat a little. This fruit is also considered as an aphrodisiac and is sometimes referred to as the “love Fruit”. It’s the ample supply of Vitamin E in mangoes that helps regulate sex hormone, increasing men’s virility and boosting sex drive. This fruit is so rich in iron that makes it ideal as a natural solution for those suffering from anemia. For pregnant women or those in menopausal stage, this fruit is a good source in increasing iron and calcium level. Mango is jam packed with Vitamin C and A as well as an assortment of carotenoids to strengthen your immune system.
As a warning, mango contains anacardic acid that may trigger an allergic reaction, especially to those with latex allergy. A chemical found in the mango sap can cause itchy and blistery skin due to an allergic reaction. Eating too much may cause diarrhea and since mango is rich in sugar, it may become a problem in people suffering from diabetes. Eat moderately.
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