Can Diabetics avoid Mangoes?

: April 27, 2015
 
 
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Come summer and market is flooded with the yellow king – Mango. No fruit can beat the sweetness of this golden beauty .No wonder that mangoes rule our hearts and tongue
 

Mangoes are not only yummy but are valuable in terms of nutrition as well. They are nourishing and are used in treating disorders of stomach and eyes They have vitamins A, C and E. They are a rich source of magnesium which helps in improving immunity

But when it comes to diabetic patients they are forced to keep mangoes away from their plates with the fear that it will shoot up the blood glucose levels. However certain studies have shown that mango in fact, helps in glucose level management. It is believed that this miracle may be due to:
  • Low glycemic index of mango (Glycemic index calculates the amount of sugar produced on consuming a particular food product). Lower the glycemic index better for diabetes
  • The presence of antioxidant mangiferin is believed to control the blood sugar levels.
However the exact mechanism by way of which mango controls the glucose levels is not known. Hence, it is always advisable to consult your doctor regarding the amount that can be had and the form in which mango can be consumed. Not more than 120 grams of mangoes is recommended for diabetics. If mangoes are consumed too often it may result in a sudden increase in blood sugar level which will have a negative impact on the diabetic patient’s health.

Mangoes, however are found to be ineffective on diabetes caused by pregnancy (Gestational Diabetes). It is found that consuming mangoes only worsens the condition in the would be mothers as the blood glucose levels are found to increase when a pregnant lady suffering from gestational diabetes eats mangoes
 
Mango juice is found to be beneficial in patients with type 2 diabetes as it decreases the blood sugar level of these patients. Mango juice also helps improve blood circulation by having a positive impact on the arteries. Preparing mango juice is child’s play.
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Procedure to make mango juice
  • Cut few medium sized mangoes.
  • Remove the seeds.
  • Blend it in a blender and have the juice.
It is not just the fruit that is beneficial, but it is also the leaves of mangoes that have proved to be of great use in controlling diabetes. The tender mango leaves are rich sources of vitamins A, B, C.They have flavanoids and phenol compounds hence are good antioxidants. Mango leaves are useful in the treatment of low blood pressure, respiratory problems, kidney stones and a number of other diseases.

Mango Leaves Diabetes
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Mango leaves are particularly useful in diabetes treatment because they contain tannins called anthocyanidins.This is good for early stages of diabetes.They are useful in angiopathy and retinopathy diabetes. They are used in the treatment of hyperglycemia.

Methods of using Mango Leaves in home remedies:

Making powder of the mango leaves:

  • Take few tender mango leaves.
  • Dry the leaves
  • Make powder out of it
  • This powder can be used in the treatment of diabetes.

Procedure for making mango leaves water:

There are two methods of making the water:

Method 1:

  • Boil few leaves in water.
  • Strain the mixture.
  • Drink the water in the treatment of diabetes.

Method 2:

  • Soak the leaves overnight
  • Strain the mixture
  • Drink the water on an empty stomach
Mangoes are available only during summers, but mango leaves are there throughout the year thereby making it easy to use in home remedies.

Thus, mangoes may help in controlling diabetes in some cases but medical advice is a must in this case. Diabetics can enjoy their share of mangoes but only after weighing the pros and cons properly.

AUTHOR

Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan born and brought in Mumbai has a degree in Masters in Analytical Chemistry and a wide work experience in various fields...

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