I originally wrote this story about the health benefits for mangoes for Lifetime Daily
There’s a reason the mango is considered the king of fruit. It’s revered in many countries where it’s grown. The mango is the national fruit of India, the Philippines and Pakistan, and it’s the national tree of Bangladesh. That reverence could also have something to do with the mango’s incredible taste, and no doubt its health benefits, including many for active older adults.
All those health perks could be why India, the world’s largest producer of mangos, consumes most of its crop and exports only one percent of what it grows.
The Health Benefits of Eating Mango
1. Mangos are good for our eyes.
“Certain nutrients — derived from foods or supplements—can help preserve your vision,” says Dr. Andrea P. Thau, past president of the American Optometric Association. “Researchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients to reduced risk of certain eye diseases. Studies show that lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin include green, leafy veggies, such as spinach, broccoli and kale and bright yellow/red foods like tomatoes, peppers, egg yolks and mangos.”