Exotic fruits are like food from heaven – fresh from exotic parts of the world, specific taste and, in some parts of the world, hard to find. Mangoes don’t grow anywhere in the world which makes them quite expensive in countries far from the equator. However, they are high in demand, people all over the world love them and prefer to have mangoes for desert and as a recipe ingredient.
Being an exotic fruit with a specific taste, by default, the mango is considered to be excellent fighter against many diseases, mostly cancer cells. However, the antioxidant capacity of the mango is far less than most fruits which don’t make him a great cancer fighter after all. To make another comparison, the mango has five times less antioxidant capacity from the grape and it triumphs in stopping their growth when it comes to colon cell lines and certain breast cancer.
“Mangoes certainly contain the ingredients they say, and there’s considerable evidence that diets rich in vitamin C and carotenoids reduce the risks of all those diseases we associate with ageing, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease,” said a spokeswoman for the Institute of Food Research in Norwich. In the eyes of the law, however, claiming mangoes fight cancer was going too far.
“Although the mechanism by which mango exerts its effects warrants further investigation, we do know that mangoes contain a complex mixture of polyphenolic compounds,” says Dr. Edralin Lucas, Ph.D., author of the study. The polyphenols are known to promote great health and can be found in various plants. The mango’s polyphenols fight against leukemia, prostate and lung cancer.
“We think mangoes have some unique antioxidants as well as quantities of antioxidants that might not be found in other fruits and vegetables,” said researcher Susan Percival.
No matter how tough mangoes are in fighting against cancer and other diseases, people should not avoid eating mango if they can afford them and find mangoes to be highly tasty. By simple logic, rarely there is a fruit in the world that hasn’t got a healthy nutritious impact on a human’s body. Almost every fruit, exotic or not, bring’s natural energy to the body. Every fruit is beneficial to health in many different ways.