Mango is native to India and Southeast Asia and has been cultivated for over 4,000 years.
This fruit is not only delicious but also boasts an impressive nutritional profile.
Mango is low in calories yet high in nutrients — particularly vitamin C, which aids immunity, iron absorption and growth and repair.
It has over a dozen different type of polyphenols, including mangiferin, which is especially powerful. Polyphenols function as antioxidants inside your body.
It is is a good source of folate, several B vitamins, as well as vitamins A, C, K and E — all of which help boost immunity.
It contains magnesium, potassium and the antioxidant mangiferin, which all support healthy heart function.
It has digestive enzymes, water, dietary fiber and other compounds that aid different aspects of digestive health.
It contains lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin A — which support eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin may protect from the sun, while a lack of vitamin A can create vision problems.
It contains vitamin C, which gives your skin its elasticity and prevents sagging and wrinkling. It also provides vitamin A, which promotes healthy hair.
Mango polyphenols may fight oxidative stress, which is linked to colon, lung, prostate, breast and bone cancers.
Mango is delicious and can be enjoyed in many ways. However, it contains more sugar than many other fruits. Enjoy mango in moderation by limiting it to under two cups (330 grams) per day.
Best of all, it’s tasty and easy to add to your diet as part of smoothies and other dishes.