Benefits of Mango trees

Hello, friends hope you are having fun with your families these days.
Come summer and most of us conjure up dreadful images of the sun bearing down on us and making our life miserable. But, summer is not only about unbearable heat actually, but it also brings along with it the 'king of fruits' — yes, guys everyone’s favorite and the divinely delicious mango. My mouth is watering as soon as I hear it.

Enjoying the health benefits of mango, have you ever wondered about the importance of mango trees, useful parts of mango trees?
The mango tree is an inextricable part of the Indian culture, and customs, and folklore. So, they use mango leaves to decorate their home on auspicious occasions and while conducting religious rituals.
So, we have to understand why the mango trees and its fruit come to occupy such an important place in our lives?                     
Information about mango tree
The history of the mango tree can be traced back to the bronze age, or almost 4,000 years ago. Originally, a native of southern Asia, especially eastern India, the mango tree was introduced to southeast Asian countries by Buddhist monks. Later, it was brought to Africa by the Portuguese, from where the mango tree spread across the world.
The lifespan of a mango tree is more than 100 years, and during all this time, it confers its valuable gifts to all the living organism generation after generation till it’s death. 

What are the uses of mango trees and what are the useful parts of mango trees? 
When considering the useful parts of mango trees, almost every part of the tree is useful to humans in different ways. So, the uses of mango trees and many — from being a part of religious ceremonies to the treatment of ailments.

  • Mango bark: Consuming powder of dried mango bark provides intense relief from diarrhea.
  • Mango gum: Gum which is obtained from the bark of mango tree can be applied on cracked feet and areas affected by scabies.
  • Mango sap: The juice that oozes from the branch after plucking a mango can be applied on bee stings to relieve pain.
  • Mango seed: Mango seed, mango butter can be applied on the skin to soothe sunburns, prevent and remove stretch marks, heal scars, and reduce wrinkles. Consuming mango seed extract has proved helpful in losing weight and decreasing obesity. It can also be used as a hair moisturizer. The mango is not only a sweet and juicy delight but also has therapeutic properties. Here's how a mango a day may help in keeping doctors away.
  • Prevents anemia: Mango is rich in iron. Consuming mango in adequate quantities helps in increasing iron levels. Also, the vitamin C present in mango increases the absorption of iron.
  • Improves digestion: Tousles of the digestive system are a major cause of poor health.consuming mango aids in decreasing constipation and inflammation of the bowels.
  • Helps gain weight: Many individuals find it hard to gain weight. According to Ayurveda, consuming mango with milk helps in nourishing the body and gaining weight.
  • Boosts immunity: Mango also contains folate, zinc, and vitamin B6 which helps to strengthen the immune system. 
  • Improves eyesight: It has abundant carotenoids which help in improving eyesight.
  • Keeps heart healthy: low selenium levels are linked to increased risk of heart disease. Mango is a good source of selenium and B6, both of which promote heart health.
What are the medicinal benefits of mango leaves?
Now that you know the health benefits of eating mango, let's look at some of the medicinal uses of mango leaves.
Decreases blood pressure: Extract of mango tree leaves has antihypertensive properties. So, having tea with mango leaves a few times a day helps in decreasing blood pressure.

Treats oral problems: Poor oral hygiene or diseases of the gums can lead to bad breath. Clean a few old/mature mango leaves and boil them in water until the water turns slightly yellow. Add some salt to this water and rinse the mouth with it. This helps address the problems of unhealthy gums.
Helps in controlling diabetes: Tender mango leaves which are pink or purple in color are rich in tannins and anthocyanins. Juice of these mango leaves taken on an empty stomach in the morning helps in controlling blood sugar levels.
Eliminates free radicals: Mango tree leaves contain antioxidants and vitamin C. Consuming mango leaf extract can help eliminate free radicals and protect the body from oxidative damage.

Varieties of mangoes
Common varieties of mangoes found in India are, Alphonso, Banganapalli or Safeda, Neelam, Sindoora, Dasehri, Mulgoba, Himsagar, Chaunsa, Kesar, Langra, Himam Pasand, and Totapuri.
Today, according to the National Horticulture Board, about 1,500 varieties of mango are grown in India, having a unique taste and flavor. This is also a reminder of how popular the mango is in our country, and how much we love it. 


By Souradipta Gupta.

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