Health benefits of mango leaves.Normally it is quite difficult trying to find the right balance for your diabetic diet. We totally get it. If you happen to be one of over 1 million people in Nigeria suffering from diabetes, you might feel that controlling your diabetic symptoms or your blood sugar levels is a nigh-impossible task.
Fortunately, the ancient Chinese seem to have developed a secret traditional cure that may be just what you need, because it turns out that mango leaves, or more specifically the extract obtained from the leaves have been used by the Chinese to treat diabetes for many centuries.
These leaves are full of a variety of nutrients and vitamins that make managing your diabetes so much easier.
For example, the extract obtained from the leaves has a way of improving the production of insulin in your body as well as improving the way your body distributes glucose thereby effectively stabilizing your blood glucose levels. Not to mention that the high pectin, fiber, and vitamin c content also help to reduce bad cholesterol in your body. But that’s on a side note.
Mango leaves also help to reduce those annoying diabetic symptoms that some people experience daily such as unexplained weight loss, recurrent urination during the night and even blurred vision.Health benefits of mango leaves.
Isn’t it about time to jump on the mango leaf train? Or are you still not convinced?
A consultant plant pathologist in Nigeria also confirmed some additional benefits of mango leaves when it comes to diabetes. First of all, the tender mango leaves contain anthocyanidins which are a type of tannins that are useful for treating diabetes in the early stages. They are also useful for treating diabetic retinopathy – a diabetic complication that results in damage to the eyes – and diabetic angiopathy – a diabetic complication affecting the blood vessels.
These leaves contain a whole lot of Vitamin B, A and C, and the high flavonoid and phenol content makes them a powerhouse of powerful antioxidants.
And that’s not all, mango leaves contain certain compounds known as ethyl acetate and 3beta-taraxenol which work together with insulin to activate another compound known as GLUT4, a very important compound that works to produce glycogen from glucose. Health benefits of mango leaves.
Don’t mind all the science talk. All this means is that mango leaves contain certain compounds that allow your body to mop up the excess glucose in your body by converting it to glycogen which in the end lowers the amount of blood sugar in your bloodstream.
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A study conducted in 2010 discovered that some animals that were fed the extract from the mango leaves absorbed less sugar through their gastrointestinal tract from the food they ate which resulted in lower blood sugar levels in those that were suffering from hyperglycemia.
So if you aren’t exactly diabetic but suffer from the occasional hyperglycemia for one reason or the other, you can use the mango leaves too.
If you are wondering about the condition of the mango leaves that you could use, note that the kinds you’ll find most useful are the purplish or reddish parts of the fresh leaves or the old leaves that have become dark green in color with pale or whitish undersides. The benefit of the old leaves over the newly grown fresh leaves is that you can easily dry them and store them for use or dry them and grind them into powder. You can even use the leaves to make an infusion.
But as a diabetic, one of the best ways to use the mango leaves to relieve some of your symptoms is to simply add about 10 to 15 leaves – fresh or old – in a cup, pot or bowl and boil, then leave them to soak overnight, the next morning, strain the liquid and drink it as a tea, either warm or cool right before you have breakfast.
Include this into your daily routine for about to 2 to 3 months, and you can rest assured that you’ll be on your way to a happier life where you don’t have to constantly fret about your blood sugar levels.
You can see that reaping the benefits of this all-natural plant couldn’t be any easier.
So maybe you are reading this and you aren’t diabetic. You can still benefit from these leaves because, thanks to the high level of antioxidants they possess, the mango leaves help to get rid of toxin from your body and can even protect you from allergies too.
Do you have high blood pressure?
There is more to mango leaves than just taking care of diabetes. The Nigerian plant pathologist also stated that there has been research into the benefits of mango leaves for hypertensive patients. So yes, mango leaves can be used to treat high blood pressure as well.
The leaves contain certain hypotensive properties that promote the lowering of high blood pressure. That is, the nutrients in the leaves work to strengthen your blood vessels and ease the pressure your heart needs to pump blood around your body. This also helps those that have issues with varicose veins.
Strengthened blood vessels also mean lesser constriction which also translates to a lowered blood pressure, plus if your blood vessels are functioning well, your blood pressure would also normalize.
Another effect of these leaves is their calming effect on nerves which in turn reduces chronic anxiety, stress, and restlessness – things many Nigerians are prone to have.
Mix 2 to 3 cups of tea brewed from the mango leaves with your bath water and you’ll soon be feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. Or drink the mango leaf tea.
In Nigeria, mango leaves are available all year round so there’s no need to worry about running out. Of course, if you want to be a little bit more adventurous or you don’t have time to go leaf picking or you live in the big city and there aren’t any mango trees near you, you can always order the tea ready mango leaf packages from Amazon.