Mangos are a nutritionally unique tropical fruit. They have many nutrients and also contain many phytochemicals [1,2](plantchemicals) including mangiferin. Mangiferin acts as a potential antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidiabetic, antiallergic, anticancer compound and may help to improve lipid levels and reduce insulin resistance[3,4,5] Eating mangoes can benefit your brain, skin and gut[2].¬†Research shows that mangoes may have a role in reducing your risk of inflammation and metabolically-based chronic diseases[5]. What counts as a serving?

  • 1 cup of mango chunks / slices
  • A single 12-ounce mango

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