The mango is a favorite summertime fruit, but are you missing out on health benefits if you stop at the mango’s flesh? A recent spate of weight loss products espouse mango seeds as an effective weight loss tool. Do they work? Are there other health benefits? What about risks? Let’s investigate! And yes, we are talking about something that big “pit” or seed in the middle of a mango,
which you would normally gnaw around and then throw away. In recent years, extracts from the African mango seed have been used in diet supplements or made available as a liquid extract or powder,
which you can use as an additive in drinks, smoothies, or other dishes. Before you dig down to the pit, you’ll be happy to know that the fleshy part of the fruit that you are used to consuming is already full of nutrients.
It’s rich in flavonoids (specifically, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin), essential minerals like copper and potassium, and vitamins A, C, B6, and E. It is also a fiber-rich fruit,,,