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Mangoes are very beneficial for those who suffer from indigestion problems. They contain special digestive enzymes such as esters, aldehydes and terpenes which considerably help in breaking down food and help in digestion. Also, it is a valuable fruit to combat acidity due to an enzyme present in the fruit which soothes the stomach. High amounts of fiber found in mangoes help to prevent the uncomfortable and ever-dreaded constipation. A decoction of the mango peel is also provided to individuals having inflammation of the stomach mucus membranes.

Mangoes have high levels of fibre, pectin and vitamin c which helps to lower serum cholesterol levels and that too LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol which is also known as the bad cholesterol.

As it is people are very serious when dealing with diabetes and there are a lot of misconceptions regarding mangoes. Yes, mangoes do contain sugar but it has a relatively low glycemic index, i.e. your blood sugar level will not rise quickly after eating mangoes. So mangoes can be enjoyed by diabetics in moderation. Moreover mango leaves are known to normalize insulin levels in blood. It is not uncommon to hear some diabetic patient boiling mango leaves in water, soaking it through the night and having this potion after filtering in the morning.

Mangoes are good sources of vitamin C, which has the capability to repair tissues and uphold healthy organs, including reproductive organs. Vitamin C also helps to resolve sexual dysfunctions like erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and a low libido. Also, the vitamin E found in mangoes helps to normalize sex hormones and improve sex drive. Many varieties of mango contain 2.3 to 3 mg of vitamin E per mango.

For people who are looking for weight gain options, mangoes are a good choice because of its high nutritional value. A 100 grms of mango have approximately 75 calories, so it is beneficial for people who desire to gain weight. Also, unripe mangoes have starch which converts into sugar when the fruit ripens. Therefore, ripe and sweet mangoes are very helpful in weight gain when consumed with milk (high in protein).

Mango is a boon, especially for women who are anemic and women who don’t include enough foods which contain iron in their diet. Pregnant and menopausal women should have mangoes to fill up their blood as well as reserve iron levels.

One of the most interesting things you can do with mangos is cook with them. Many cultures add mangos into their cuisines as chutneys, sauces and specialty desserts. Mangos are also used to balance out salty and spicy dishes.

Raw mangoes are rich source of pectin. When unripe mangoes are steamed and juiced with cumin powder (jeera), sugar and rock salt, it provides a superb remedy for heat exhaustion and heat stroke in summer.

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