Skip to comments.Eating mangoes may help lower blood sugar and cancer risk
Posted on 04/28/2013 10:11:50 PM PDT by Jyotishi
Washington, DC - These findings are the result of a single study and more research is needed on the effects of mango consumption on human health.
Consumption of mangoes may potentially have a positive effect on blood sugar in obese individuals and help to limit inflammation, according to a new research.
The study led by Edralin Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of nutritional sciences at Oklahoma State University, examined the effects of daily mango consumption on clinical parameters and body composition in obese subjects (body mass index, BMI = 30kg/m2).
Twenty adults (11 males and 9 females) participated in the study, which included daily dietary supplementation with 10 grams of freeze dried mango (equivalent to approximately 100 grams of fresh mango, according to Dr. Lucas) for 12 weeks.
Blood sugar levels at the conclusion of the study were significantly lower than the baseline in both male and female subjects. There were no significant changes in body composition for either gender, and BMI increased significantly in female subjects but not male subjects compared to baseline.
These findings are the result of a single study and more research is needed on the effects of mango consumption on human health.
"The results of this study support what we learned in our recent animal model, which found that mango improved blood glucose in mice fed a high fat diet," said Dr. Lucas.
"Although the mechanism by which mango exerts its effects warrants further investigation, we do know that mangeos contain a complex mixture of polyphenolic compounds. Research has shown that several other plants and their polyphenolic compounds, such as isoflavone from soy , epigallocatechin gallate from green tea , and proanthocyanidin from grape seed , have a positive effect on adipose tissue," the researcher stated.
Another research led by Susanne Mertens-Talcott, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director for Research, Institute for Obesity Research and Program Evaluation of Texas A n M University, examined the effects of polyphenols found in fresh mangos on cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells.
This study suggested that mango polyphenols might limit inflammatory response in both cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells.
Because this was an in vitro study, more research is needed to determine whether mango polyphenols can have the same effect in humans.
The research was presented this week at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) in Boston.
Interesting. I guess that American supermarket blahness has happened to all fruits.
I’m thinking about trying my hand at growing Paw Paw trees which are believed to have similar anti cancer properties.
I wish you good luck with paw paws. They grow wild on my mom’s small spread in Indiana. I had one when I was a kid in the late 70s cut right from a tree while walking a cow path. It was the size of a baked potato and tasted like a mild banana. I don’t think they are all that commercially viable but for personal consumption from your privately owned woodland, they are a real treat.
From what studying I’ve done they appear to be fairly tricky to grow until they become established. They are in the Mango family.
As best I can tell, the mostly grow in the shade of other larger timber. If you have a decidiouos timber stand, you may be able to get them to grow there.
Interesting. They don’t grow where I live and I don’t know that I’ve encountered them, but I love fruit trees and had a small orchard of them once.
We got some nice ones here in Dumaguete. But be careful during the winter, they look sweet but some times are not.
3 of the McCoy clan were executed in a Paw Paw grove. I believe history records it as “The Paw Paw tree incident”
Ha—I had just seen on wikipedia that their range seemed to be hillbilly country.
I’m at the northern edge of their range but they were once common enough that Michigan has a town named after them.
I think it moved.
I(and my wife) LOVES Mangos BUT what is the BEST way to peel them?
This is slightly off subject, but I thank you for bringing up PawPaw’s. I’m almost 72 and sick with a terminal lung disease. I spend a lot of time on memories. When I was a very small child my mother would sing me to sleep with a song about down in the PawPaw patch. I never knew what a PawPaw was until today. THANK YOU!
You might want to look into Paw Paws or Paw Paw extract.It probably won’t save your life but just might add a little quality time to what you have left.
I’ll also be sure to say a prayer for you.
But, I certainly would see where eating four ounces of dried fruit (that's a heck of a lot!) per day would improve your health. Plenty of fiber, vitamins, and it would fill you up so that you're not eating Big Macs.
Sez me, if you want to eat mangoes, eat mangoes.
Compared to Philippine mango, the mangos imported to America are flavorless
I have had good luck with growing Paw Paws. I have two by the side of my deck that are about 4-5 inches in diameter and grew from seeds 15 years ago. They make a nice tropical looking screen and produce lots of Paw Paws...I end up giving or throwing them away after eating my fill. I have a wooded area in back where I throw them and it’s turned into a Paw Paw patch.
I think the secret is to get them started from seed where you want them to grow as they are near impossible to dig up with an intact tap root. I’ve tried digging up young ones that were a year old and about a foot high and the tap root was well over a foot long. Transplants may survive but they never seem to grow to any size or produce much fruit.
My experience is that the seeds seem to take a couple of years before I notice them. Maybe the first yeat is spent growing the tap root to China.
Afternoon shade is what they like, and they are very susceptible to frost when they bloom in early spring. I think proximity to the house protects mine with a microclimate and avoids frost damage.
Originally there were three along side my deck and I tried to move one years ago. It lived, but the trunk is not the diameter of my thumb and is about 5 feet tall. The other two are probably 20 feet high and have been pruned back twice.
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