Mangoes are one of the natural fruits widely consumed in the world because of their wide range of nutritional benefits and accessibility.
In the South West, Ogbomosho, Oyo State, is prominent for its huge presence of mango plantations than any other states in the West here in Nigeria.
Students of the institution situated in the town (Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH) take great advantage of the fruits during its season.
Some of the popular areas you can find mango trees in Ogbomosho include Under G, YOAACO, LAUTECH Campus, and other villages under the ancient town.
Ogbomosho is the home town of the former Premier of the Western Region, Chief Ladoke Akintola, there are mango trees in his compound too.
The town is known for fruits generally. Hardly can you find students buy mango during the seasons.
So, we found the photo of a group of ladies eating mangoes angrily. When it’s free, you opt to eat more than you would have ordinarily have eaten.
So, let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of mangoes.
Mango is a member of the drupe family, just like olives, dates, and coconut. Drupe is a type of plant food with an outer fleshy part surrounding a shell.
There are many different kinds of mangoes. In Nigeria, we refer to some of them as “Sheri mango” “water mango” and the “local mangoes” which are naturally bigger in size.
They also have different color, shape, flavor, and seed size, whichever colour or shape they come, they are generally sweet and nutritionist says a mango contains over 20 vitamins and minerals.
Apart from its natural taste, mangoes have the following health benefits:
1) Fight Against Cancer
Mango is rich in beta-carotene, which scientists have said help play a protective role against prostate cancer.
A study by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition have been able to establish that eating mango will help reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Apart from the study by Harvard, Texas AgriLife Research have also tested mango polyphenol extracts on colon, breast, lung, leukemia, and prostate cancer tissue.
They established that mangoes were shown to have some impact on all cancers tested but “were most effective with breast and colon cancers.”
So, eating mango is beneficial to the general well being of the body.
2) Bone health
Mango is one of the fruits that contains adequate vitamin K, which is important for improving calcium absorption, essential for improving bone health.
3) Aid digestion
Mangoes have fiber and water content, making them to effectively fight constipation, and helping quicken digestion.
A clean mango can be eaten whole without pilling off the back.
4) Help improve Skin and Hair
Mangoes contain vitamin A needed to keeps hair moisturized and for the growth of all body tissues.
5) Fight against Heart disease
Mango contains fiber, potassium , and vitamin, which have been proven to be effective against heart disease.
Other health benefits of mangoes include:
- Fight against Age-related macular degeneration
- Asthma prevention
- Fight against Diabetes
Next time you see people consume mangoes like the ladies in the photo in this post, don’t blame them, they definitely don’t want to be left out of the nutritional benefits of mangoes.