For countless years, the mango has been considered a dietary staple in regions of South Asia. In fact, it is the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
You may already know the nutritional benefits of the mango, and how they contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals, but did you know mangoes also provide a variety of polyphenols? These polyphenols are excellent sources of micronutrients usually found in plants.
Now, a new study has examined the correlation between blood pressure and gut health after eating mangoes.
The University of California, Davis, (UCD) presented their study regarding the natural health benefits of mangoes at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting (Nutrition 2018), held in Boston, MA, in June.
The scientists at UCD wanted to explore how our stomachs break down the fruit and process these polyphenols because of debate over the nutritional benefits of mangoes. Many doctors believe that despite being packed with polyphenols, we may not unlock the full antioxidant potential of mangoes because our stomachs break down these polyphenols before they can influence bodily processes.
The UCD research exposed two dozen healthy postmenopausal women to high doses of honey mangoes in their diets for two weeks and then removed the fruit entirely afterward for 13 days.
Throughout the study, researchers examined the women’s blood pressure and gut health. The results showed blood pressure could be significantly lowered two hours after eating a mango. The study also found improved gut health in about half of the participants who had demonstrated signs of poor gut health at the start of the study.
Mangoes are a fantastic natural provider of nutrition. Whether it is simply because they are packed with vitamins and minerals, or for helping to lower blood pressure and healing the gut in some people – although more research is needed on that front.
In any case, enjoying delicious organic mango-based recipes will help supply your diet with nutrients and enzymes your body may be missing!