Mangoes are a delicious fruit, which can be eaten on their own, added to smoothies, or frozen and be served as a delightful summertime treat. But aside from them being delicious, mangoes are also really good for your heart. The latest research findings suggest that consuming mangoes can help relax blood vessels within two hours’ time. Some participants in the study also showed changes in the production of breath methane, which reveals possible influence mangoes may have on gut fermentation.
Lead researcher Dr. Robert Hackman explained, “This is the first study to demonstrate positive vascular effects of mango intake in humans. Our results build on previous animal and cell studies that point to the potential benefits of mangoes to promote health.”
Mangoes contain a mix of polyphenols, which have been studied and shown to have positive effects on health.
The study included 24 post-menopausal women who consumed 330 grams of mangoes for two weeks.
The Ataulfo mango – or honey mango – was used for the study because it has the highest polyphenols.
After two weeks the women stopped their consumption of mangoes for 13 days and resumed their regular diets. Heart rate, blood pressure, blood samples, and breath samples were taken from the women.
Mango consumption was linked with reduced systolic blood pressure two hours after consumption. Systolic blood pressure refers to the pressure which blood exerts against your arteries when the heart beats.
The researchers concluded that mangoes could help support heart health and should be incorporated into a heart-healthy diet.
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