Aptly called the ‘king of Asiatic fruits’, it is also India’s national fruit, the mango has been cultivated in tropical regions for the last 4000 years. There are more
than 500 varieties of mangoes, in India Alphonso, rajapuri, totapuri being the most famous. Mangoes come in hues of yellow, orange, green and red. The sizes vary from
less than 5 cm to about 30 cm in height. This juicy and delicious fruit is relished with much gusto by people of all age groups.
It’s nutritive value is well recommended for the mango is used as a food supplement in all stages of its development. Green mangoes are rich in pectin and have vitamins B1, B2 and niacin in moderate quantities, while ripe mangoes have 11% sugar, are rich in minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium with moderate amounts of proteins and fibre, which when consumed reduces the risk of cancer. Mangoes are laden with beta carotene and are a rich source of vitamin A.
Besides being relished, mangoes are an excellent home remedy for various ailments
Blood disorders: Green mangoes being rich in vitamin C, help in the formation of new blood cells and increases body resistance against anemia, cholera, dysentery and
Diabetes: Soak a handful of tender fresh mango leaves overnight and drain the water in the morning. This filtrate should be consumed every morning to combat diabetes.
½ tsp of dried and powdered tender mango leaves, consumed twice a day is also very effective for diabetes.
Diarrhoea: Dried and powdered mango seeds tackles diarrhoea: 2 gms of mango seed powder along with honey should be taken twice a day.
Eye disorders: Vitamin A deficiency leads to night blindness, which can be prevented by eating ripe mangoes regularly. Ripe mangoes also prevent a whole lot of eye
disorders like softening of the cornea, dryness, itching and burning of the eyes.
Throat disorders: Make a juice extract of a mango tree bark, use it to gargle your mouth. The proportion could be something like 5 gms of the bark extract to 60 gms of
Mangoes also play a healthy role in stimulating appetite, improving complexion and mango milkshakes and mango juices help in slight weight gain.
But at the same time like the old adage goes ‘too much of anything is good for nothing’ the same holds good for mangoes as well. Mangoes indeed help to cure dysentery,
but excess consumption of mangoes can cause dysentery and abdominal colic too. Do not drink water immediately after eating mangoes because water coagulates the mango
sap and makes it an irritant in the digestive system. Mangoes are good source of nutritional supplement for sports persons after their exhausting workouts.
Mangoes also make excellent gifts for the summer; so gift mango hampers to your family, friends or even as a corporate gift.
Fruity Tip: slice ripe mangoes, add sugar or honey and lemon juice, to prevent darkening and set it in the refigerator for freezing, it’s simply amazing.
Cheers to all those juicy mango moments this summer!!