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Delicious Mango Meals For Healthy Living

Posted: May 16, 2015 at 2:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yinka Shokunbi


It is not all the time we get to see mango in the market or in the stores except where good storage facilities exist. But it is one fruit many people love to consume with their meals if they can lay hands on it.

Mango shake

Mango shake

The mango is known as a juicy stone fruit which belongs to the genus Mangifera family that has other tropical fruiting trees, cultivated mostly for edible fruit.

Mangoes are very common in the tropics and are considered seasonal fruits because they are not harvested all year round. The fruit is however often cherished by children and adults who cannot but delight in the sweetness of the fruit.

Mangoes are a healthy and flavorful fruit to add to sweet and savory dishes alike.

According to a renowned nutritionist, Mae Chan in, Mango may very well be the king of all fruits because it helps in various ways to keep the body healthy.

According to Chan, mangoes help fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean your skin, and make the perfect snack.

Here are some healthy reasons says Chan why you should be eating a mango every day.

Fights cancer:  Antioxidants like quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat present in mango protect the body against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.

Keeps cholesterol in check:  Mango has high level of vitamin C, pectin and fibres that help to lower serum cholesterol levels. Fresh mango is a rich source of potassium, which is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps to control heart rate and blood pressure.
Skin cleanser:  Mangoes help you unclog your pores and add freshness to the face. Mangoes are applicable to any skin type. They help clear clogged pores that cause acne. Just slice a mango into thin pieces and keep them on your face for 10 to 15 minutes and then take bath or wash your face and see the results.

Alkalizes the body: According to natural health, mango is rich in tartaric acid, malic acid and traces of citric acid that primarily help in maintaining the alkali reserve of the body.

Weight loss:  Mango has a lot of vitamins and nutrients that help the body feel fuller. Also, the fibrous fruit boosts the digestive function of the body by burning additional calories, helping in weight loss.

Regulates diabetes: not only are the fruit but the leaves of mangoes healthy too. For people suffering from diabetes, just boil 5-6 mango leaves in a vessel, soak it through night and drink the filtered decoction in the morning. This is helps in regulating your insulin levels.

Aphrodisiac: Mango has aphrodisiac qualities and is also called the ‘love fruit’. Mangoes increase the virility in men. Vitamin E, which is abundantly present in mangoes, helps to regulate sex hormones and boosts sex drive.

Eye care: mango is rich in vitamin A. One cup of sliced mangoes equals 25% intake of your daily need of vitamin A. Mangoes help in promoting good eye sight, fights dry eyes and also prevent night blindness.

Helps in digestion:  Mango contains enzymes that help in breaking down protein. The fibrous nature of mango helps in digestion and elimination. It is is rich in pre-biotic dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Strengthens immunity: The deadly combination of vitamin C, vitamin A and 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy.

Body scrub: Make a paste of mashed mango, honey and milk and use as a body scrub, you will feel that your skin is tender and smooth.

Aids concentration and memory: Studying for exams? This fruit is rich in glutamine acid– an important protein for concentration and memory. Feed mangoes to children who find it difficult to concentrate on studies.

High iron for women:  Mango is rich in iron; hence it is a great natural solution for people suffering from anemia. Menopausal and pregnant women can indulge in mangoes as this will increase their iron levels and calcium at the same time.

Reduces Kidney Stones: In Chinese medicine, mangoes are considered sweet and sour with a cooling energy also capable of reducing the risk of kidney stone formation.

Stomach Tonic: Before going to bed put some 10 or 15 mango leaves in warm water and close it with lid. The next day morning filter the water and drink it in empty stomach. Do this regularly.


Recipe for the week:

Mango shake



1 cup plain fat-free yogurt

1 cup ice cube
1 large mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
Mint leaf



Place all ingredients, except mint, in a blender; blend until smooth.

Pour into 2 tall glasses.
Garnish each with a mint leaf.