Mangoes are sweet, creamy fruits that have a range of possible health benefits. They are highly popular around the world.
The mango is a member of the drupe family. This is a type of plant food with a fleshy outer section that surrounds a shell, or pit. This pit contains a seed. Olives, dates, and coconuts are also part of this family.
There are many different kinds of mango. They vary in color, shape, flavor, and seed size. Although mango skin can be green, red, yellow, or orange, its inner flesh is mostly golden yellow.
This feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of popular foods.
Mangoes contain an antioxidant called zeaxanthin.
A 2019 review Trusted Source suggests that zeaxanthin may play a protective role in eye health and could prevent damage from macular degeneration. This is an eye condition that gets worse with age.
The review cites the anti-inflammatory properties of zeaxanthin as a possible cause of this protective mechanism.
A 2014 study from Japan found that carotenoid-containing fruits and vegetables such as mangoes may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Also, the Skin Cancer Foundation suggest that a diet high in beta-carotene content can help protect against skin cancer. Orange fruits and vegetables, such as mangoes, contain beta-carotene. They also suggest that it can boost the action of the immune system against disease.