Nutritional Sciences Research Shows Mangos May Lower Blood Sugar in Obese Adults — Oklahoma State University

A team of researchers in the College of Human Sciences have once again found that mangos are an important fruit to include in daily diets.

Edralin Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of nutritional sciences at Oklahoma State University, has experience with six mango research projects related to the health benefits the tropical fruit provides. Lucas is the lead author of a recently completed study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolic Insights that found regularconsumption of mango by obese adults significantly lowered blood sugar levels and did not negatively impact body weight.  These are important findings considering that approximately 34 percent of U.S. adults have been classified as obese and given the health concerns related to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and metabolic syndrome.

“We are excited about these promising findings for mangos, which contain many bioactive compounds, including mangiferin, an antioxidant that may contribute to the beneficial effects of mango on blood glucose.  In addition, mangos contain fiber, which can help lower glucose absorption into the blood stream,” Lucas said “Our results indicate that daily consumption of 10 grams of freeze-dried mango which is equivalent to about one-half of a fresh mango (about 100 grams) may help lower blood sugar in obese individuals.”

A nutrient rich fruit, mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals, supporting optimal function of processes throughout the body. Mangos are an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamins C and A as well as folate. They are also a good source of fiber, copper, and vitamin B6.

 

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Video Abstract: “Mango Supplementation Improves Blood Glucose in Obese Individuals”

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Published on 31 Aug 2014

In this video abstract, the authors discuss their article “Mango Supplementation Improves Blood Glucose in Obese Individuals”, recently published in Nutrition and Metabolism Insights. This is an open access article. To view and download the article PDF visit this page: http://www.la-press.com/article.php?a…

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