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Health benefits of Mango

Mango is a delicious and nutritious edible fruit of the drupe family with unique flavor and taste.

Scientific Name- Mangifera indica

Local Names:

Yoruba – Mangoro

Igbo – Mangolo

Hausa – Mangwaro

Facts about Mango

  • The name Mango originated in India.
  • There are over 1000 varieties of mango
  • Over 43 million tonnes of Mango are produced globally
  • Mango’s weight ranges from 200 grams to 1 kilogram.
  • The sweetest variety of mango is the Carabao, also called the Philippine mango or the Manila mango
  • The largest variety of mango is the Keitt
  • The smallest variety of mango is the Anwar Ratol

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There are over 1000 varieties on mango, however the common ones found in Nigeria are: Cotonou Mango, German Mango or Opioro, Benue Mango; Ogbomosho/ Enugu (Eastern)/ Calabar/ Abuja Mango; Sheri Mango; Julie Mango; Peter Mangoes; Kerosene Mango

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Benefits of Mangoes

  • Mangoes contain antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin A, which are good for eye health.
  • Mangoes contain a bioactive compound called mangiferin which helps prevent cancer.
  • Studies have shown that Mango leaves and peel have antidiabetic properties.
  • Mangoes have a high amount of magnesium and potassium which reduces the risk of high blood pressure and which support healthy heart function.
  • Mangoes support hair growth  and act as natural sunblock by protecting the skin
  • Mangoes contain Vitamin E, which helps to regulate sex hormones and boosts sex drive.
  • Mangoes contain a high amount of vitamin C which helps to boost the immune system, improves iron absorption and cell growth.
  • Mangoes may help increase your good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein) level.
  • Mangoes have a high amount of dietary fiber, water, digestive enzymes that improve digestive health.

Mango is a sweet fruit with natural sugar packed with a lot of nutrients. However,  It is important to eat mango moderately and cautiously.

Precautions to take with Mango

  • It is advised not take mango with garri. This is because garri, a product of fermented cassava may contain some amounts of hydrogen cyanide which can react with mango and result in stomach ache.
  • It is advised not to eat mango with meals as this can result in weight gain and spike postprandial blood glucose.
  • It is advised to soak mango in water before consumption to increase its vitamins and minerals absorption.
  • It is advised not to take mango with drugs as mango can inhibit the  enzymes which are responsible for metabolizing certain drugs.

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