Mango (Mangifera indica) is a popular summer food and is often eaten as a dessert.
The leaves of mangoes have numerous therapeutic and medicinal properties. These leaves are rich in vitamins A, B, and C. There are also rich in potent antioxidants due to their flavonoids and phenol constituents.
Mango leaves can be ingested in the form of tea by boiling it in hot water. They can also be crashed, after drying, into powder for infusion. The leaves can also be burnt and its ash used for various purposes.
Below are various benefits of mango leaves and mango leaves tea;
1. Treatment Of Diabetes
The leaves of the mango tree have been proven to relieve and treat the early signs of diabetes due to the presence of tannins, particularly anthocyanin, in their leaves. It is especially useful in treating angiopathy and retinopathy types of diabetes and also hyperglycemia.
When mango leaves are boiled and the solution left overnight, drinking the strained decoction on an empty stomach can help in relieving the symptoms of diabetes. This is because of both the ethyl acetate and 3beta-taraxerol compounds that are found in its leaves that can increase the body’s ability to synthesize glycogen. Apart from boiling, the leaves can be dried and crushed into powder for ingestion and infusion treatments.
2. Regulation Of Blood Pressure
Low blood pressure can be discomforting to an individual because it causes nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, fainting among others. The mango tree leaves can help regulate your blood pressure and also reduce symptoms of hypotension.
3. Prevent Hypertension
Mango leaves have anti-hypertensive properties and antioxidant properties that aid in repairing damaged venal walls, hence, reducing and regulating any occurrences of varicose veins which arise from low blood pressure and weak valves of the veins.
3. Treatment Of Gout
Gout is a disease that occurs when there is an excess accumulation of uric crystals around the joints hence causing inflammation and acute pain attacks. The high levels of uric acid in the blood can be attributed to many factors including kidney malfunction and can also be present in diabetic patients. When you take a decoction of mango leaves every morning and evening, its anti-inflammatory properties help relieve the symptoms of gout and also improve the kidneys functions.
4. Treatment Of Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are crystals that deposit in the kidney or urinary tract and occur when the fluid in your urine cannot dilute such crystals resulting in a sharp pain when passing urine among other symptoms. Taking mango leaves tea often, would not only make you hydrated but also increase the ability of the kidney to dilute the crystals hence relieving the pain while flushing out the kidney stones.
5. Treatment Of Respiratory Diseases
Research by Weiner Klinische Wochenschrift — The Central European Journal of Medicine indicates that the presence of Vitamin A and E in the mango leaves can be very impactful in combatting respiratory diseases such as asthma. Additionally, Mango leaves tea has antioxidants that can help in treating and reducing inflammation in airways of the respiratory tract and, thus, reduce asthma and bronchitis symptoms in patients.
6. For Dysentery
Dysentery is an infectious disease that causes nausea, abdominal pain, watery diarrhea that contains mucus or blood stains. The bacteria that cause dysentery penetrates intestinal walls causing inflammation that could damage the intestinal walls. Taking a mixture of hot water with mango leaves tea would help in reducing intestinal bleeding thus relieving you from pain. It is also important to practice proper hygiene to reduce the spread of dysentery.
7. As A Stomach Tonic
The antimicrobial properties of the mango tree leaves can be very useful in reducing stomach infections and ailments. Drinking an infusion of mango leaves and water (in an empty stomach) left overnight, tightly closed in a container, works as a home stomach tonic for stomach upsets.
8. As Pain Reliever
A decoction of mango leaves tea with water can help in relieving painful annoying ear pains. Adding a few warm drops to the aching ear would be a great home remedy for relieving earaches.
9. Has Healing Properties
When you accidentally burn or scar yourself, you can use the mango tree leaves as a remedy for the wound and pain. Burn the mango leaves and apply its ash on the wound. The ash has antiseptic properties that would keep the wound from infection. It also has soothing properties that relieve you from feeling pain.
10. Calming Property
Anxiety is often characterized by a constant worry that can cause you restlessness and even lack of sleep. Adding a couple of glasses of mango leaves tea to your bath tab could give you a relaxing sensation that can calm your nerves. This would help you feel relaxed when you are stressed and anxious.
11. For Hiccups
The most annoying thing about hiccups is that they spring from nowhere. Hiccups cause you distress while speaking and can also make you lose focus on what you’re doing like singing. Did you know that mango tea leaves can help relieve hiccups? Burn mango leaves and inhale the smoke and watch your hiccups disappear.
12. Sore Throat Remedy
Another annoying problem is a throat episode. Instead of rushing to the chemist for a drug, try inhaling the smoke from burning mango leaves. This will ease your throat pain and clear your pain. You could also drink mango leaves tea to relieve a sore throat.
Leaves of old mango trees can be used for treating unhealthy gums, teeth, and dental problems because of their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Boil clean mango leaves until the water turns yellow than use the boiled leaves to make a paste for the mouthwash. This would relieve dental pains and clean off the dirt on the teeth. You could also gargle the boiled water for an effective mouth rinse.
The presence of vitamin A in mango leaves can greatly help in boosting fertility during reproduction. A regular intake of mango leaves tea could increase your fertility levels and is an affordable method for remedying fertility issues.
15. For Improved Vision
The regular intake of mango leaves tea can help in restoring visual loss such as in treating retinopathy diabetes. The tea is also beneficial in sharpening and improving visual aid to both young and old people.
16. Good Skin Health
The mango leaves tea contains antioxidants and vitamin A which protect your skin from harmful free radicals and toxins that could damage your skin or cause skin disorders such as keratinization. Mango leaves tea also reduces the risk of acne on your skin.
17. Source Of Vitamin
The mango leaves tea supplies the body constantly with vitamin A, B and C. These vitamins have numerous antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties that could greatly improve our health and body functions. Taking a decoction of mango leaves regularly is very enriching for the body nutritionally.
18. Source Of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are essential for most optimum functions of our body from improved immunity, better heart functions, brain functioning, skin care, and eye care. Mango leaves have potent antioxidants that we can benefit from when we include the mango leaves tea in our diet.
19. Has Anti-Aging Properties
The presence of vitamin C and the antioxidants in the mango leaves help the skin to be rejuvenated, revitalized and also reduces the synthesis of melanin thus making the skin look younger, finer and without blemish. Thus taking mango leaves tea often would help you stay young and glowing.
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