Now call me Del Boy if you like, but I am partial to the occasional cocktail.
(probably not what you’d find in the opening line of a health based article!).
One of my favourites I’ve ever had was a Mango Mojito when we were out in Cyprus, about to get married.
(I think coconut milk mojito is my favourite one ever, but mango mojito is certainly up there with the best of them).
But why am I telling you this?
Well, it seems that there may have been more health benefits to this drink (or, I probably should say, the mango element of this drink) than you might have imagined.
A recent study by researchers in the department of nutrition and food science at Texas A&M University in College Station has shown that eating mango may have benefits for people who live with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis.
The study was admittedly fairly small, with only 14 people completing it, but essentially they were asked to consume 200-400 grams of mango in their diet, 2-3 times a day
(the wide range from 200g twice a day, up to 400g 3 times a day was to allow for the fact that some people struggle with fibre more than others).
This was done over 8 weeks, and the results were quite interesting with a reduction in symptoms and inflammation being shown in many of the people participating in the study.
There was also a reduction in the presence of GRO – a molecule associated with colon cancer – which is obviously a good sign as there can be an increased risk of colon cancer in people with IBD (when inflammation is high for a chronic period of time).
Finally, there also appears to be an increase in beneficial bacteria and short chain fatty acids within the intestinal tracts of the participants.
So fairly impressive results…
…but I wouldn’t get too carried away…
Obviously, the number of people participating in the study is fairly small, so we can’t draw any huge conclusions from such a small sample size.
Secondly, the placebo effect could also be playing a part here
(which should never be underestimated and which unfortunately wasn’t controlled in this study).
And finally, it may be that these participants didn’t eat a particularly healthy diet beforehand and just the simple fact they have added in something fairly nutritious has helped them
(and could be that if they had added in ANY fruit or veg it would have been of help, rather than mango specifically having any magical properties).
So I wouldn’t see Mango as any kind of miracle cure of anything like that, and it certainly isn’t the only thing someone needs to do to feel better, but considering there aren’t really any downsides to including mango in your diet (assuming you don’t notice any adverse effects), and the fact that this study indicates there COULD be benefits, then it could be worth having some every now and again.
If you do, would love to know how you get on.
p.s. one food that has a HUGE number of studies behind it, proving its benefits on inflammation and overall general health is fish oil. Advanced Fish Oil is probably the most-high quality, pure, high strength fish oil on the market and it really does have so many benefits for anyone with any kind of health problem. Check it out here (maybe add a teaspoon to your mango mojito 😊 ) https://autoimmuneinstitute.com/products/advanced-fish-oil