History yields some very interesting facts about this celebrated fruit which some fondly calls ”king of fruits”. The mango has been known to Indians since very early times. Scientific fossil evidence indicates that the mango made its first appearance even earlier – 25 to 30 million years ago in Northeast India, Myanmar and Bangladesh, from where it travelled down to southern India.
On reaching South India, the name translated to Aam-Kaay in Tamil, which gradually became Maamkaay due to differences in pronunciation. The Malayali people further changed this to Maanga. The Portuguese were fascinated by the fruit on their arrival in Kerala and introduced it to the world as Mango.
In ancient India, the ruling class used names of mango varieties to bestow titles on eminent people – like the honour given to the famous courtesan of Vaishali, Amra Pali. The mango tree was also associated with the god of love, Manmatha, and its blossoms were considered to be the god’s arrows by the Hindu Nanda Kings. It was during the Nanda rule that Alexander arrived in India and fought the famous battle with King Porus. When it was time for him to return to Greece, he took with him several varieties of the delicious fruit.
With the rise of Buddhism, mangoes came to represent faith and prosperity among the religion’s followers, as there were several legends about the Buddha and mango trees. Among Buddhist rulers, mangoes were exchanged as gifts and became an important tool of diplomacy. During this period, Buddhist monks took mangoes with them wherever they went, popularising the fruit.
Most people are familiar with this fruit but not many are aware of its health benefits.Let’s take a journey in revealing 8 Health Benefits of Mango.
8 Health Benefits of Mango
1. May Help with Diabetes:
Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. The traditional home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered decoction in the morning. Mango fruit also has a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
2. Clears the Skin: Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos help clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. Externally;Just blending up the mango and applying to the face is fast and easy. Mangos contain beta-carotene, which is converted by your body to vitamin A and vitamin C which are crucial to skin self-repair.
This Mango Mud Mask has all the benefits of mango plus the exfoliating benefits of oatmeal and almonds.
3. Prevents Cancer:
Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.
4. Promotes Healthy Sex:
Mangos are a great source of vitamin E. Vitamin E has been known to boost bedroom health.
5. Improves Digestion:
Papayas are not the only fruit that contain enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination.
6. Helps Fight Heat Stroke:
Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener helps to cool down the body and prevent harm from overheating. From an ayurvedic viewpoint, the reason people often get diuretic and exhausted when visiting equatorial climates is because the strong “sun energy” is burning up your body, particularly the muscles. The kidneys then become overloaded with the toxins from this process.
7. Boosts the Immune System:
The generous amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangos, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong as well as improve eye health
8. Reduces Weight Loss:
Mangoes provide significant amounts of folate and vitamins A, B-6 and C, making them a nutritious fruit choice. Although they aren’t a weight-loss miracle food, eating more of these and other fruits may help you reach your weight-loss goals a little sooner because of their high fiber content and low-energy density.A study published in “Nutrition Research” in April 2008 found that overweight people who ate higher amounts of fruit lost more weight than those who ate less fruit. Each 3.5-ounce-per-day increase in the amount of fruit that study participants ate led to an additional 0.7 pound of weight loss by the end of the six-month study.
Lets Take A Toast
Preparing a Raw Mango For Fancy and Practical Eating
1. Hold the mango on its side and cut down on either side of the central seed. You will end with two big “halves” plus the central seed.
2. Place each half on the cutting board with peel facing down and cut the exposed flesh in a horizontal and vertical pattern, taking care not to cut too deep through the skin.
3. Then invert the half to push out the cubes as shown in the photo above.You can as well blend for maximum consumption.