Mangoes would be a healthy fruit for the health of the heart and vessels and could be a natural asset in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Mango, a fruit rich in polyphenols, including mangiferine, quercetin, gallotannin, gallic acid, would have a very beneficial effect on the systolic blood pressure of postmenopausal women, according to the results of a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, Boston, USA.
Researchers at the University of California in the United States conducted this study with 24 healthy menopausal women who were asked to consume 330 grams of mango a day for 14 days. Then, the participants resumed their normal daily diet but avoiding the mango for 13 days. At each visit, heart rate and blood pressure were recorded, and blood and saliva samples were collected to assess participants’ intestinal health.
At the beginning of the study, the blood pressure was not significantly different. However, once the mango is consumed, the systolic blood pressure is lowered – about 2 hours after ingestion, the pulsatile pressure, a good indicator of heart health is also significantly reduced.
The methane production correlated with microbial fermentation in the intestine, analyzed initially in 6 of the 24 participants, was significantly reduced in 3 of them.
“This is the first study to demonstrate the positive vascular effects of mango consumption in humans,” said lead author Robert Hackman of the UC Davis Department of Nutrition. Results that confirm those of previous animal and cellular studies that already emphasized the health benefits of mangos.