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Mango eating benefit

I have made no secret of the fact that I am a H.U.G.E Mango lover. Probably came from spending Easters in my village (Osumenyi, kwenu!). That is prime Mango season so my siblings, cousins and I would spend hours in and around the massive tree just outside my grandfather’s house. Hours of just picking mangoes and eating mangoes.

Mango is currently in season so I am particularly happy during this time. You should fill up on your mangoes. Apart from the fact that they are delicious, they are also good for you! Yes, this is one time you can eat your cake and have it, literally as there are many benefits to eating mangoes

The most common choices in Lagos, Nigeria are the

  • “German” Mangoes usually found in Eastern Nigeria. Its local name is Opioro. (This is the “bestest” mango in the world!)
  • Cherry Mangoes which are hard and yellow-green
  • The very soft yellow ones with the red tops.

There are many many other ones, of course.

Benefits of eating mangoes


Mangoes lower Cholesterol

Mangoes are high in pectin, which helps lower high cholesterol levels in your blood. Along with the high potassium content, Vitamin B6 and other Vitamins also present in this sweet fruit, you have a lower risk of having heart problems.

Mangoes are skin friendly

Mangoes also contain Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, which according to studies, clears and cleanses the skin, because it reduces fatty oils to build up, reduces chances of pimples, acne or wrinkles and helps unclog your pores and naturally add freshness to your skin. Eating mangoes often result in a healthy, fresh skin but you can also apply mango pulp directly to your skin as a natural skin cleanser.

Quick Facial tip with Mangoes

Place thin slices of mango on your face for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash your face. You may also puree the mango and use a brush or your hands to spread it around your face, avoiding the eye areas.

Mango cosmetic Mangoes are good for your eyes

The Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene present in Mangoes does not only benefit the skin, it also improves eye vision. Vitamin A is very important for the optimal functioning of the retina, which also helps prevent night blindness and dry eyes.

Mangoes can help with weight loss and even digestion

Mangoes also contain fiber, which has the ability to decrease our food intake, hence it’s a natural weight losing aid. If you are in the habit of eating the peel as well as the fruit itself, you are actually doing yourself a huge favour. Mango peels, according to recent studies, contains high polyphenol content, which makes it a good antioxidant and also helps you to lose weight.

Mangoes help with your digestion because it contains enzymes that help in breaking down protein. It is also rich in pre-biotic dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals.

Mangoes help with Brain Function

Mangoes also help in improving memory and brain function, because it is a very good source of iron and vitamin B6. Iron helps with the normal functioning of your brain and vitamin B6 supports your brain’s  cognitive development.

Mangoes boost immunity

Mangoes also boost the immune system. The high amount of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangoes, plus the different kinds of carotenoids contained in it,  keeps the immune system healthy and strong.

Mangoes are anti-cancer

Mango’s  76% Vitamin C content, Carotenoids (organic pigment produced by plants) and Polyphenols (micronutrients) actually give it its cancer-preventing properties; reducing the chances of getting stricken with cancer and helps prevent cancer, especially colon and prostate cancer.

Seen at Ebeano. One for N150. 😳 But they are premium mangoes. #naturalnigerian #eathealthy #mango

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Opioro/German Mangoes are pictured above

Whether you eat it as a snack or as a drink (naturally juiced by yourself with no added sugar or chemicals), remember you are taking an essential health supplement.


Corrales-Bernal A et al,  Major Mango Polyphenols and Their Potential Significance to Human Health  US National Library of Medicine March, 2014 

Josh Axe, Mango Nutrition Dr. Axe; Food Is Medicine 

C.M Ajila et al, Bioactive compounds and antioxidant potential of mango peel extract, Science Direct, April, 2007 


  • May 11, 2017

    Ijeoma nwosu

    Nothing like eating a mango, the health benefits are awesome.

  • May 17, 2017


    i loooove mangoes!! i even have a knife in my locker at the office just so i can enjoy my mangoes at work!! mangoes are the best!!

  • May 27, 2017


    I love mangoes! My best is I think what you call German mangoes. The long green ones that aren’t supposed to be plucked but fall on their own when ripe. We called them “Kerosene” mangoes where I come from. “Opioro” mangoes was what we called the small sweet mangoes shaped like a kidney.

  • June 24, 2017


    Thanks for this.. Personally I like mangoes so I eat them all the time.

  • June 26, 2017

    It was a pleasure stumbling on your blog through Google search. I am a natural health blogger myself and would like to be friends.

    You have a nice blog and if you don’t mind I would like to feature you on my blog with hope that I get same from you.

  • July 9, 2017

    I thought carrots were the only fruits abi vegetables food for the eyes? Never knew mango was one… Reduces cholesterol? Need to let one of my aunt know about this. Great post!

  • July 18, 2017

    Tomisin Ajakaiye

    I looove mangoes. My friends know me for that one. I can suck mango dryer than politicians sucking government funds (e go white ehn). I also heard mangoes help with her growth

  • July 18, 2017

    Tomisin Ajakaiye


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  • December 19, 2017

    Fruits are not only nutritious but delicious, but yet some people still find some excuse not to eat fruits. Thanks for this wonderful piece of information.

  • November 12, 2018


    I have a new found respect for mangoes. Thanks NN for sharing this.

  • March 21, 2019


    Love mangoes too& fruits in general.thanks for this


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