One of our favourite fruits is mango. We still remember the incredible experience of eating mango fresh off the tree in Tobago. Now, new research suggests that mango may be a delicious way to lower blood sugar. . . .

A pilot study of 20 obese adults found that 10 grams of ground freeze-dried mango pulp a day for 12 weeks significantly lowered their levels of blood glucose. That's the equivalent of eating about half a fresh mango a day.

Although, for some reason, mango did not have the same benefit for women, it did significantly reduce waist circumference in men.

This study is important because obese people have an increased risk of type II diabetes.

The component of mango thought to be primarily responsible for the blood sugar lowering effect is mangiferin. Mangiferin is a powerful antioxidant. Mango are also a rich source of fiber, which may also contribute to the blood sugar lowering effect.

This is the first study to look at mango and glucose levels in obese people and suggests a new possibly beneficial (and delicious) food or supplement.

Nutr Metab Insights 2014;7:77-84

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