The smaller than usual Indian mango, unlike the popular Carabao variety, is not a commercially popular Philippine mango, but it is just as delicious and refreshing. Many Filipinos have Indian mango trees in their backyards.
And from what I understand, Indian mangoes contain healthful benefits as well.
Diana Herrington's article, “10 Health Benefits of Mangoes,” for the Care2 Healthy Living newsletter, gives several reasons why you should have a good, sweet, juicy mango every time you get the opportunity.
Mango can help prevent cancer, she claims, and that research shows the fruit has antioxidant compounds that can help prevent colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.
The fruit is also abundant in healthful enzymes. Like papaya, mangoes contain enzymes that help break down protein. The fiber in mangoes also helps digestion and elimination.
The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C in mangoes help lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically low-density lipoprotein or the bad cholesterol.
Mango contains tartaric acid, malic acid and a trace of citric acid that alkalize the whole body and help maintain its alkali reserve. And because they contain a lot of vitamin E, mangoes can boost the sex drive.
Green mango is good for cooling off when temperatures rise. It may be juiced and mixed with water and a sweetener to cool down and prevent harm to the body.
Mangoes can boost the immune system as, Herrington says, it has generous amounts of vitamins C and A, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids that can help keep the immune system healthy and strong.
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