Benefits of Mango and Why Mangos Are a Superfood

Nov 9 2015 - 7:31pm

Mangos while said to be the most eaten fruit on the planet may be one of the most underappreciated. Growing up in the southern U.S. mangos weren’t exactly part of our diet. I was in my 50’s before I came to appreciate this amazing fruit. Mangos belong to the drupe family meaning the fruit has a pit like peaches and apricots, as well as olives and dates. Mangos are a superfood that is high in fiber, vitamins, anti-oxidants, enzymes, and flavonoids. [1][8]


Mangos contain over 20 nutrients including.

Quercetin - Quercetin is a plant pigment (flavonoid) found in many plants and foods, such as mango, red wine, onions, green tea, apples, berries, Ginkgo biloba, St. John's wort, American elder, and others. Buckwheat tea has a large amount of quercetin. People use quercetin as a medicine because it is a potent antioxidant and ant-inflammatory agent and may help reduce prostate inflammation. Quercetin is used for treating conditions of the heart and blood vessels including “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), high cholesterol, heart disease, and circulation problems. It is also used for diabetes, cataracts, hay fever, peptic ulcer, schizophrenia, inflammation, asthma, gout, viral infections, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), preventing cancer, and for treating chronic infections of the prostate. Quercetin is also used to increase endurance and improve athletic performance.

Isoquercitrin – Isoquercitrin is more bioavailable than quercetin and displays a number of chemoprotective effects against oxidative stress, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes and allergic reactions. It may also act as to ward off funguses. [2][3] Also see how more Mango could help diabetes, cancer.

Astragalin – Studies show astragalin is an important antioxidant and may help relieve symptoms of asthma and protect the cells of the respiratory tract. Astragalin also decreases inflammatory and allergic responses. [4]

Fisetin - Fisetin is a unique polyphenol flavonoid that has a potent neuroprotective effect and aids in memory improvement. Fisitin is also found in strawberries. demonstrated a high level of neuro protection along with memory improvement by reducing beta amyloids in the brain which have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Fisetin may reduce toxin induced stroke and activate glial cells in the presence of neurotoxins. Extensive scientific studies by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies indicate is has value for general brain health. [5]

Gallic acid - Gallic acid seems to have anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and acts as an antioxidant to protect our cells against oxidative damage. Gallic acid was found to show cytotoxicity against cancer cells, without harming healthy cells. Gallic acid is also used to treat some kidney disorders and diabetes. Some ointments to treat psoriasis and external hemorrhoids contain gallic acid.

Methylgallat - This nutrient protect the body against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.

Tryptophan - Mangoes contain a lot of tryptophan, precursor of the “happiness-hormone” serotonin so may help in the treatment of depression.

Live enzymes - of the mango, such as magneferin, katechol oxidase, and lactase help clean the bowel. [6]

Phytochemicals - Researchers have found that chemicals in the skin of the mango appear to inhibit development of human fat cells. [6]

Vitamin A - Mangos are extremely high in vitamin A is an antioxidant that prevents night blindness and other eye problems, as well as some skin disorders such as acne. This vitamin is necessary for healing and immunity, the formation of teeth and bones, aids in fat storage and protects against colds, influenza and infections. A deficiency of Vitamin A has been linked to migraine headaches.

Vitamin C - If you are an athlete, under unusual stress or smoke your need high amounts of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant necessary for at least 300 functions in the body including tissue growth and repair, collagen formation, protection against abnormal clotting and bruising, adrenal gland function, production of anti-stress hormones and interferon, and is necessary for the metabolism of folic acid, tyrosine and phenylalanine. Vitamin C may also reduce levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL or “bad cholesterol”), while increasing levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL or “good cholesterol”), as well as helping prevent atherosclerosis and lowering blood pressure. Vitamin C promotes healing of wounds and burns and may prevent the formation of cataracts. Vitamin C works synergistically with beta-carotene, vitamin E and zinc which is necessary for immune function and is important in prostate gland function.

Vitamin E - Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant and is important in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease. It is important for normal tissue repair, healthy skin and hair and helps prevent cellular damage by inhibiting the inflammatory processed caused by free radicals.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) - Thiamine enhances circulation and assists in blood formation, carbohydrate metabolism, and the production of hydrochloric acid, which is important for proper digestion. Thiamine also optimizes cognitive activity and brain function. It has a positive effect on energy, growth, normal appetite and learning capacity, and is needed for proper muscle tone of the intestines, stomach, and heart. Thiamine is an antioxidant, protecting the body from the degenerative effects of aging, alcohol consumption and smoking.


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