June is in full swing. And that means we’re smack dab in the middle of one of the most delicious seasons of all… mango season.
These days you can pick up a mango any time of the year. But they’re by far at their tastiest all this month. And that’s a good thing because after you read this chances are you’re going to want to stock up on this delicious tropical treat.
Researchers at the University of California have given is a gift. The perfect excuse to eat MORE, mouth-watering mangos. Because according to their recent research, regularly eating this sweet treat could help reduce your blood pressure.
And it works fast. Scientists say within as little as two hours after eating the fruit it helped relax blood vessels in volunteers.
And the benefits didn’t end there. Some of the volunteers also saw positive changes in their gut flora.
Mango nutrients help reduce blood pressure
Experts believe certain bioactive compounds in the polyphenol-packed fruit are likely responsible for its heart and gut benefits.
Some I’ve talked about before here in Healthier Talk, including…
- gallic acid
In the small study, a group of 24 postmenopausal women ate two cups of honey mango daily for two weeks. Honey mangos are particularly high in potent polyphenols.
After the 14 days, the women continued with their normal diet but stopped eating the mango for 13 days. Researchers measured blood pressure and heart rate at each of the volunteer’s visits. And they took blood and breath samples, too.
Pulse pressure & blood pressure improved in hours
When the women began eating the mango the researchers found their systolic blood pressure numbers plummeted within two hours. And they were significantly lower than their baseline measurements.
Your systolic blood pressure is the top number when you measure your blood pressure. It tells us how much pressure is pushing up against your artery walls each time your heart thumps.
But it wasn’t just the systolic numbers which improved. The ladies also saw their pulse pressure drop two hours after eating the tropical treat.
The pulse pressure is the difference between your systolic (top) and diastolic (bottom) readings. Medical professionals use it to measure overall heart health.
Mango linked to improvements in gut health
When the researchers took breath samples, they found that six of the women were producing methane gas. Methane can be a sign of a condition called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) or problems absorbing lactose or fructose.
After they started eating the mango, three of the six ladies had substantial drops in their methane production. The researchers say this is a sign that their gut health had significantly improved.
Eating more, delicious mango sounds like a prescription I’d be more than happy to fill. How about you? Add them to your shopping list today for better blood pressure and a healthier gut starting within hours.
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