This beautiful fruit is loaded with anti-oxidants and vitamins—especially A, C, E, K and B complex vitamins. Mangos are also high in fiber and contain calcium, potassium and copper. Even though they are low in fat, they contain those all important omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which have numerous benefits for improved health.
Just because mangos are higher in natural sugars than many other fruits, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat mangoes, even if you or your loved one is diabetic. In fact, studies indicate that eating mangoes can help prevent diabetes and help prevent the complications that seem to come with diabetes.
Look at all the reasons to include mangos in your diet:
Mangos contain a relatively unknown substance called mangiferin. While it may not be a common component of mangoes, mangiferin’s benefits are many. This substance is known to have anti-viral activities, which is important for all-around health especially during cold and flu season.
Mangiferin has been shown to have beneficial effects on gastrointestinal health, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular health, and may have anticancer properties. It’s also known to have anti-inflammatory benefits which will help with weight loss.
What’s more, acccording to research, phytochemicals in mangoes have been proven to suppress fat-producing cells, indicating that mangoes can be good for reducing weight.
Mangiferin is also known to help control and even lower blood sugar levels as well as help stabilize and support blood vessels. Mangiferin may very well work via the same types of cell receptors that the diabetic medication glitazones do. This is really important for those with diabetes. (learn more)
Recent research has indicated that mangiferin may also affect certain enzymes that can positively influence the metabolism of blood sugars and to protect against fatty deposits in the liver. Did you know that our liver has over 500 functions in our bodies? Including clean toxins out of our bodies. When we don’t take care of our liver, it won’t work at the capacity God created it to do. Our liver is the body’s main fat-burning organ so we need to keep it clean if we want to be healthy and maintain a healthy weight.
It’s no wonder, mangoes are a healthy fruit choice! 🥭 Serve them diced or juice them or add to a smoothie. You may also want to mix them into fruit salads, chia puddings or make a fruit bar. 😋