Consumption of mangoes may have a positive effect on blood sugar in obese individuals and reduce cancer risk, a new study has indicated.
The study led by Oklahoma State University's Nutritional Sciences Associate Professor Edralin Lucas examined the effects of daily mango consumption on clinical parameters and body composition in obese subjects.
According to the researcher, mango contains many nutrients and other bioactive compounds that can provide various health benefits, the Daily Times reported.
"It is high in fibre, vitamins A and C, as well as other minerals. In addition to the positive effects on body fat, blood lipids and glucose, it is not associated with serious side-effects such as negative effects on bone that is linked with the use of rosiglitazone, a drug commonly used to lower blood sugar," he said.
Blood sugar levels at the conclusion of the study were significantly lower than the baseline in both male and female subjects.
These findings are the result of a single study and more research is needed on the effects of mango consumption on human health and reduction in cancer risk.
Another research led by Institute for Obesity Research and Program Evaluation of Texas A 'n' M University Assistant Professor and Research Director Susanne Mertens-Talcott examined the effects of polyphenols found in fresh mangos cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells.
This study suggested that mango polyphenols might limit inflammatory response in both cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells.