22 Health Benefits to Eating a Mango a Day

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Mangos, Mangos, and more mangos and they are supposed to be healthy for you. But the question is are they really all that healthy for you? After all, you don’t hear a lot of talk about losing weight eating mangos. Yeah so, they tantalize your tongue and they are a sweet-tasting fruit that melts on your palate. Just because they taste so good doesn’t mean they are healthy for you. They look very healthy but you know appearances can be deceiving. This is an age-old question are mangos healthy for you? Some people say they are very healthy for you. There just not a well-known health agent because mangos aren’t on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Let’s see if we can make them a little more famous in this article.

The History of the Mango

It is reported that the mango originated in Southeast Asia and India and they are referenced in Hindu writings back to 4000 B.C. Buddhist monks cultivated the fruit and in this region the fruit is considered sacred. Ancient history claims Buddha meditated under a mango tree hence the fruit is considered sacred. Mangos accompanied humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D. Currently mangos imported into the United States are grown along the equator in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala and Haiti. Mangos are grown in the United States (started about 100 years ago) but large scale production is limited. This could be do to climatic conditions in the U.S. Mangos are generally grown in hot, humid climates. The tropical climate necessary to grow mangos in is limited to California, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Hawaii. Puerto Rico produces about 4,000 acres of mangos and has been doing this for the last 30 years. The bulk of that crop is exported to Europe and not the United States.


1.) Improving the old Digestion

Mangoes are rich in nutrients and meets many of the nutrients needed daily by the human body. It helps with digestion because mangoes contain the same type of enzymes as papayas and they have fiber. The fiber and enzymes will help with digestive problems such as constipation so eating mangoes will help with this problem.

2.) Cholesterol Cruncher

Mangoes are rich in vitamin C and fiber which are great helpers in reducing LDL or bad cholesterol in your body. It may even prevent bad cholesterol.

3.) Cancer Stopper

Supposedly, the vitamin C and and other compounds such as gallic acid, enzymes, quercetin and many others, may help in preventing prostate, breast, leukemia and colon cancers. Research has concluded  that mangoes may stop these types of cancers from developing.

4.) Helper to Kill Diabetes

The fruit’s leaves can help your health as well. The leaves if eaten raw may help in the fight against diabetes. Boil the mango leaves and let it sit overnight. Filter the leaves in the morning before consuming it. People with diabetes can eat these mango leaves safely because it will be not raise sugar levels. The glycemic index for mango leaves is low.

5.)Cool Down the Heat

Drinking green mango fruit mixed with a sweetener and water can help cool the body down after a day out in the sizzling sun. This will prevent you from becoming diuretic which will affect the kidneys causing too many toxins to enter the kidneys.

6.) Healthy Eyesight

Mangoes are rich in vitamin A which helps keep the eyes healthy. It has many nutrients to help achieve this eye health and prevent somes issues such as dry eyes.

7.) Immune Booster

As we have mentioned earlier mango is a rich source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a gr eat defender of the immune system. In addition to the vitamin C mango has many carotenoids which can supply extra strength for the immune system. If you consume a healthy portion of beta-carotene,from the mangoes, the body will convert them into vitamins.

8.) A Grand Alkalizer

Some types of acids: malic acid, citric acid and tartaric acid in mango may provide good reserve for the body’s alkali reserve.

9.) Weight Busters

The fiber and other nutrients found in mango can aid you greatly in weight loss. Fiber can aid in helping the body to burn calories which will result in weight loss.

10.) Stay Focused with Mangoes

This is one of those benefits that haven’t been validated by clinical support. There is no measurable standard to verify this benefit will occur because of eating mangoes. It’s claimed that if you feed mangoes to your children before exams it will increase their concentration. The reason for this is the glutamine-acid found in mangoes.

11.) Natural Stomach Healer

This could be one of those fairy tale benefits. There is no scientific research to support this claim of mangoes helping with stomach ailments. Get ten mango leaves and soak them in hot water. Leave the solution overnight than in the morning strain the mango leaves. Drink the mango liquid on an empty stomach. There is supposed to  be great benefits to your stomach. The reason why mangoes help your stomach is unknown and how mangoes help your stomach is unknown.

12.) Iron Booster    

Women sometimes experience an anemic condition due to an iron deficiency bt mangoes may help with this condition. Mangoes contain iron and if you consume mangoes they will supplement the iron levels in your body. This could help women overcome an anemic condition.

13.) Anemia’s worst Nightmare    

No one wants to suffer from anemia but mangoes can help with this as well. As we stated  above mangoes contain iron. Iron can help increase red blood cell levels. This will help people with anemia be cured from this condition. Pregnant women would benefit from eting mangoes based on the iron in mangoes. You could get iron through supplements but it’s advised to eat mangoes instead to get iron. This may not be a widespread opinion among health professionals. Supplements are a more concentrated from to get iron from.

14.) Control Blood Pressure    

Mangoes among a host of other health agents is supposed to help control high blood pressure. Mangoes contain these minerals: Magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and selenium. Specifically magnesium and potassium will help lower blood pressure. Mangoes contain a healthy amount of vitamins that may help with vitamin defiencies.

15.) Heart Protector

Mangoes contain pectin (Pectin is a structural heteropolysaccharide contained in the primary cell walls of terrestrial plants.) Definition taken from https://www.google.com/search?q=what+is+pectin&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8  This substance known as pectin is able to control cholesterol levels and keep them low. By keeping the cholesterol levels low you will keep your heart happy and healthy.

16.) Weight Gainer

This is an odd benefit indeed. Mangoes are supposed to help you lose weight. It’s reported they will help you gain weight as well. There is a calories in mango that are easy to absorb causing weight gain. Mangoes also carry  starch that is transformed into sugar to help you gain weight. The question is do you want to gain weight? Most people don’t want to gain weight. Also, it contains some bioactive ingredients such as aldehydes and esters that can help to improve your appetite while maintaining healthy digestive system. This in turn will also help with weight gain. Drink a glass of mango milkshake will help you gain weight, so you can make the plan more interesting. You can make the plan interesting if you are in the market to gain weight.

17.) It’s Snack time

Mangoes can be a healthy snack alternative. To keep you from craving chocolates or other sweet foods eat a mango or two. Mangoes will fill you up as well as keeping the body hydrated.


18.) Kidney Stone Treatment

It’s said that mangoes are used in Chinese medicine to cure kidney stones. The cooling energy of mangoes somehow helps to heal kidney stones. This benefit isn’t written in stone and may just be hearsay. There certainly has been no medical research to support this unorthodox claim.

19.) Brain Fuel

So it’s said that mangoes contain B6 vitamins that help keep the brain healthy and nourished. It’s maintained that mangoes have enough vitamin B-6 to meet all the requirements the human brain has need of. It’s further stipulated that you should eat mangoes instead of taking B6 vitamin supplements. Mangoes are the natural way to consume high levels of B6 vitamins. But if you choose to take B6 supplements that is fine as well.

20.) Increased Chance for Pregnancy

This is definitely way out there and there is certainly no scientific evidence to support this benefit. Mangoes are supposed to naturally help with fertility. The high levels of folic acid in mangoes can help make women more fertility. Also the folic acid will prevent miscarriages. This is a longshot at best.

21.) Anchor against Asthma

Mangoes contain beta carotenes which are supposed to prevent asthma. There are other foods such as carrots, papaya, and pumpkin that are supposed to help prevent asthma because of beta carotenes. This health benefit hasn’t been confirmed and most likely shouldn’t be taken seriously.

22.) Metabolic Maestro

This benefit seems reasonable. We know that mangoes contain fiber. Fiber is a catalyst to help you lose weight. Fiber helps the metabolism which in turn helps digestion. The end result of these processes will be weight loss. The fiber will also reduce stomach flab which will help to reduce weight.

We have reached the 22 health benefits that mangoes will help provide if eaten on a regular basis. We have more ground to cover. There are many more benefits that mangoes may provide. As with any health benefits discussed with natural home remedies some of the benefits are reasonable and some are just not worth considering.

23.) Healthier Bones

Let’s face it there isn’t a person leaving on the planet who doesn’t want to have healthier, stronger bones. No one wants to worry about falling down and breaking a bone or two. Mangoes may help to promote excellent bone health. Mangoes contain calcium and vitamin K which are very beneficial to keeping your bones strong and healthy.  So, for stronger bones eat plenty of mangoes. You will have peace of mind knowing you are taking good care of your bones.

24.) Stroke Prevention

There is not a lot of solid medical proof that mangoes can help reduce the risk of strokes in people predisposed to have them. For that matter mangoes may not reduce the risk of stroke for anyone. One of the causes of strokes is the high level of homocysteine which by controlling its levels you can eliminate one cause of a stroke. Eating mangoes may assist in controlling homocysteine. This may or may not be a benefit for eating mangoes. It just is a proven fact that mangoes can help reduce the risk of strokes.

25.) Acne Beware

Put yourself in your teenager’s place. You will know the embarrassment and anxiety they feel when they see their reflection staring back at them in the mirror. They will see a face full of red spots or blotches known as acne. We remember when we went through the acne stage it really was an unpleasant experience. We did everything under the sun to be cool and get rid of that ugly-looking acne.We know what it felt like to stand out in a crowd because we had acne covering our faces. So, let’s help our teenagers by advising them to eat mangoes. Mangoes are rich sources of vitamins A and C nd these vitamins can help heal acne and pimples. They are able to do this because of their powerful antioxidant properties. Vitamin A deficiencies can lead to dull skin, open pores, and acne eruptions on the arms and elbows. Vitamin C is a powerful friend that is  involved in collagen formation and keeps the skin firm. If you have acne prone skin, you can prepare a raw mango astringent by boiling some unpeeled raw mangoes in water. After cooling, apply this solution on your skin for soothing effect. If you drink mango juice it  will also prevent the outbreak of acne.

26.) Shine the Light on Complexion

If you so desire mangoes may help to lighten the complexion. Mangoes can make the skin glow like the midnight sun. The beta carotenes and vitamin A in mangoes will do the trick. Prepare yourself a mango facial cleanser. Mix mango pulp, flour and honey to make a thick paste. Then apply the thick paste to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Now, gently rinse off and if you follow this treatment consistently it will cleanse the pore and remove summer tanning.

27.) More Benefits for Anti-ageing

Mangoes are turning out to be a powerful heath agent. They can help keep the skin young and vibrant looking. Mangoes are a rich source for antioxidants and these antioxidants fight free radicals. This can prevent skin cancer and prevent loss of natural skin color pigmentation.

28.) Who wants Dry Skin

If you suffer from dry and itchy skin mangoes can help that painful skin condition. Application and consumption of mangoes as a natural skin moisturizer will work wonders for dry skin. You can make a mango face mask by mixing mangoes with 6 spoons of yogurt. Apply the paste and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off for smooth and radiant skin.

29.) Oh No not that Oily Skin

Just like most people don’t want dry skin they don’t want oily skin either. A nice medium balance would be ideal. Mangoes can help you achieve this happy standard. Simply apply mashed mango pulp to your skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash it off. You can say goodbye to oily skin.

30.) We cannot Forget about Promoting Hair Growth

Mangoes, as we have noticed, contains vitamin E which will improve the blood circulation to the scalp. Which will enhance oxygen uptake to the hair follicles which will promote hair growth.


Final Analysis

It’s our sincere wish that we have put mangoes on the map by sharing these 30 health benefits they may promote if they are eaten or applied on a routine basis. Like usual with any home remedies some must be taken seriously and others discarded because they just may not accomplish what they say they will. We take the utmost care in sharing information with our readers that seem plausible and will add value to their lives. Our aim is to help you stay healthy and live life to the fullest. If you think you may apply some of these health benefits offered by mangoes this would be great. You need to choose the best treatment for yourself. Keep in mind that just because one mango treatment works for one person it may not work for you. So pick one or experiment with several until you find the right treatment for your particular situation.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.