Does mango have weight loss or health benefits?


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Mangoes are rich in vitamin C, vitamin E and fiber, which helps lower LDL cholesterol. It is good for the skin, because vitamin C increases the production of collagen and beta-carotene, which acts as a sunscreen. Mangoes have cancer-fighting properties that have been proven through research studies conducted on humans. The enzymes present in the fruit aid digestion, while the vitamin A content prevents infections.

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Mangoes have a high concentration of iron and are prescribed to pregnant and menstruating women as a remedy for anemia. High potassium and magnesium levels ease symptoms of acidosis, muscle cramps, stress and heart problems. Animal studies have shown that mangoes offer some protection to the prostate gland by reducing free-radical damage. Diabetics can enjoy mangoes without spiking their glucose to dangerous levels. In one study, mangoes seemed to protect infants in Gambia and India from diarrhea and intestinal disease during the three months when the fruit was in season.

African mango, a fruit similar to the standard mango, is found in Central and West Africa. The seed or nut is sold as IG extract in weight loss formulas, but not much research has been done to prove its efficacy as a weight-loss supplement. Most of the research was sponsored by the supplement makers. More research by independent organizations needs to be completed before IG extract can be considered a proven remedy for weight loss.

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