Photo: Jorge J. Zaldivar

Mango: The King of Good Health ~ Mangifera indica

It’s mango season and we just can’t have enough of them. Small, big, yellow, green, mango comes in all sizes and is regarded as the king of all fruits. Mangos originated some 4,000 years ago in India and are considered as the symbol of life and why you should include this pulpy, delicious fruit in your diet. 

Traditional Uses
In Chinese medicine, mangos are considered sweet and sour with a cooling energy and are known as a yin tonic. They are used to treat anemia, bleeding gums, constipation, cough, fever, nausea, sea sickness, and weak digestion. 

Vitamin Powerhouse
Mangos are a storehouse of vitamins. Starting from Vitamin A, B, C to being richly supplied with minerals like phosphorous and calcium, mango is one fruit that lends maximum nutritional benefits. They also contain vitamin K and magnesium.

Mangos are particularly rich in potassium which can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Mangos are one of the best sources of Betacarotene, Quercetin and Astragalin. These are powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals.

Pectin Lowers Cancer Risk
Mangos contain phenols that are powerful antioxidants and have anti-cancer properties. They also contain pectin, which lowers blood cholesterol level.

Studies have shown a strong link between eating lots of fiber like mangos and a lower risk of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. It effective in relieving clogged pores of the skin and acidity and poor digestion.

Other Benefits
It cures kidney problems including nephritis. Mangos treat respiratory problems and cures constipation. It is fruit recommended in fever. 

Mango is also a rich source of vitamin A (beta-carotene), E, and selenium which helps protect against heart disease and other ailments. 

Mangos are a perfect fruit to be consumed after exercise as it replenishes the salts and energy. So, gorge on the king of fruits and make eating healthy a delightful experience this summer! 

 Health Benefits of Mangos:

Photo: Maurice Kong

1. One cup of sliced mangos supplies 25 percent of the daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight 

2. Mangos contain glutamine acid which boosts memory. 

3. A 100 gram of mango contains about 75 calories and helps in gaining weight.

4. Eating mangos regularly makes complexion fair and skin soft by reliving clogged pores.

5. Vitamin E found in abundance in mango regulates sex hormones and boosts sex drive.

Photo: Mary Widel

Join us at The RFCI, Miami tent for Fairchild’s Mango Festival JULY 13 – 14 SAT – SUN – 9:30am – 4:30pm.

RFCI Miami Fruit / Plant List
Mango Festival, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG) 

Black sapote, ‘Excalibur’ seedling, Diospyros nigra
Breadfruit, Artocarpus altilis ‘Ma’afala’
Carambola ‘Arkin’, Averrhoa carambola
Guava, pink / red, ‘Ruby x Supreme’, Psidium guajava
Jakfruit , ‘Katie’ seedling, Artocarpus heterophyllus
Loquat ‘Champagne’, Eriobotrya japonica
Lychee ‘Mauritius’, Litchi chinensis
Longan ‘Kohala’, Dimocarpus longan
Malay apple, Syzygium malaccense
Mango ‘Glenn’, ‘Keitt’, ‘Cotton Candy’, Mangifera indica
Papaya ‘Caribbean Red’, Carica papaya
Persian lime, Citrus x latifolia
Sugar apple, Annona squamosa
Wax jambu, red, Syzygium samarangense

Pagoda flower, Clerodendrum paniculatum 

Fellow RFCI member Jorge J. Zaldivar will be giving the final talk of the event, Sunday at 3:00 PM at the Arts Center, his program is titled, “The Colorful History and Botany of the Mango in Florida”. More info via this link – 

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