- The scientific name of Mango is Mangifera Indica
- Mangoes have been used extensively in Ayurvedic medical care for over 4000 years
- Mangoes help fight heat stroke
- The juice of the fruit does make one feel energized
Mango, aka Mangifera Indica, is abundantly available in various part of India during the summer. Fruit sellers have a gala time selling many varieties of the fruit along the footpaths or in small shacks situated adjacent the highway. Be it in the form of pickles, fruit juices or even milkshakes – this is indeed the popular fruit in tropical India.
Then again, many people believe that the consumption mangoes could cause several health concerns and is likely to heat up the body as well. The truth, however, is that mangoes are one of the healthiest substances that one ought to include in their daily diet during the summers. After all, if mother nature decides to let it visit us in the summer, it only means that the fruit is here for a reason!
The Mango Tree – One of Ayurveda’s Most Treasured Gifts
Mangoes are used extensively in Ayurvedic medical care. This tree, which has been growing in the Indian sub-continent for over 4000 years, has proven to be useful in curing various health concerns such as diarrhea, eye disorders, sinusitis and even anemia.
It could be noted that:
- The bark of the tree is used to treat diphtheria and rheumatism
- The leaves of the tree can help cure hiccups
- The seeds help tackle asthma
- Rabid dog bites, snakebites, blisters, excessive urination and many other diseases can also be treated with various parts of the tree.
The Health Benefits
Mangoes help keep the skin hydrated. According to Sinjitha TM, a senior dietician from Kottayam situated in the southern Indian state of Kerala, nearly 88 percent of the fruit’s constituency is made up of water. Thereby, making it an ideal eatable to help tackle dehydration.
Some of the others benefits include the following:
- Combating heat stroke: The King of Fruits is also rich in vitamins – especially Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Interestingly, the juice is also used as a restorative tonic and is beneficial to those suffering from a heat stroke.
- Source of energy: Mangoes are also said to make one feel energetic and active.
- Instrumental in cancer treatment: Studies have shown that mangoes possess a broad range of properties including anti-tumor. Thus, it is also proven to help fight grave diseases such as breast cancer, renal cancer, and colon cancer.
Interestingly, raw mangoes are also used in various pharmaceutical applications. The mango peel, in many cases, can be consumed as well and is rich in fiber.
Things to Remember
Lately, there have been more cases of “latex-fruit syndrome” or allergies caused by the latex present in fruits.
Although it is rare, some people are likely to experience allergic reactions of the fruit. Researcher state that this occurs when the person is accustomed to consuming only processed variants of the fruit – in the form of pickles, jams or other canned substances.
Hence, it is important for one to wash the fruits well before consumption. A satisfactory intake of sliced mangoes is preferable.