10 Benefits Of Mango Leaves You Didn’t Know
We are so obsessed with mangoes, that we forgot about the leaves. Mango leaves are a mine of health benefits that most of us are clueless about. From curing early stage diabetes to kidney stones, benefits of mango leaves are many. Read on to know more!
Our National fruit, Mango, is enjoyed thoroughly throughout the country. Alphonso, Safeda, Langda, Chausa, Dasheri are just a few Indian varieties of mangoes we relish during the summer. We all are so happy and excited to see the mangoes in the market, that we forget the numerous benefits attached to the mango leaves. Yes, you read that right. Mango leaves (आम के पत्ते) are a hotspot of health advantages that most of us are unaware of.
You could say that mango leaves are like the background dancers of an 80’s Bollywood movie, that no one pays attention to and the entire concentration is on the mango. But, after you read this post, you will value mango leaves a bit more. Here are the top 10 best health benefits of mango leaves and how to use them.
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How To Consume Mango leaves?
As the post proceeds, you will read about the health benefits of mango leaves and different ways you can use them in your daily routine to maximize their advantages. You can consume the mango leaves in three different ways. Here are the easy ways to include this beneficial leaf into your routine.
1. Powdered mango leaves
All you need to do is dry mango leaves and whizz them in a mixer. You can consume 1-2 teaspoons of mango leaf powder with water once a day or as directed by a healthcare professional.
2. Mango leaves tea
In about 150-200 ml water, boil 10-12 mango leaves. Once the mix has reduced to half, you can drink it. Add some honey to sweeten it, if you do not like the taste.
3. Mango water
Soak 3-4 mango leaves in 50 ml water. Leave it overnight. Drink this concoction in the morning.
Top 10 Health Benefits Of Mango Leaves
Bright green and beautiful to smell, mango leaves are a rich source of vitamin A, B, and C. They are rich with flavonoids and phenol which pass on anti-oxidant properties to the plant. A lot of us in India use mango leaves for religious reasons during Deepawali and Navratri or to make vandanvaars or torans for our homes.
What we don’t know is that mango leaves have been associated with managing blood sugar levels, controlling blood pressure and are even used as a remedy for earaches. Mango leaves have been used in herbal and Ayurvedic medicines for centuries and have shown many benefits, but is the modern-day usage confined to the puja room only?
Let’s dive into some details about why you should add mango leaves to your health routine.
1) Mango Leaves For Diabetes
The beautiful, bright leaves of a mango tree contain tannins and anthocyanins which can help treat early-stage diabetes. Animal studies have shown that mango leaves can be helpful in managing glucose levels and has anti-diabetic properties.
2) Help To Lower Blood Pressure
Mango leaves have a big role to play in helping to lower the blood pressure level. Due to the hypotensive properties of mango leaves, they prove to be very beneficial in lowering high blood pressure, strengthening blood vessels and helping with the problem of varicose veins.
3) Helps Dissolve Gall and Kidney Stones
The pain associated with gall stones and kidney stones is terrible. Consuming ‘mango tea’ or powdered mango leaf every day might help to break down and to flush out the stones. Also, you can have mango leaf tea by boiling dry and powdered mango leaf.
4) Mango Leaves And Restlessness
A good nuska (home remedy) for restlessness is drinking mango leaves water which has been soaked overnight. Some also recommend taking a bath with water that has mango leaves. Taking a bath with water with steeped mango leaves is simple. Just add a few in your water bucket, let the mango leaf immerse in the lukewarm water and take a bath with it. This will help you relax.
5) Relieves Respiratory Problems
If you are suffering from bronchitis or severe cold, drinking mango leaf tea mixed with some honey and black pepper can help to soothe an irritated throat and clear the phlegm.
6) Mango Leaves Provide Relief From Ear Ache
Earache, when left untreated for a long time, can lead to serious infections. Mango leaves juice is an age-old home remedy for ear ache. Make sure to heat the juice before using it. Consult a doctor if the pain persists.
7) Helps In Healing Burns
Burnt finger? Apply ashes of burnt mango leaves for instant relief. Burn a few mango leaves and collect the ashes on a bowl. Rub this on the affected area. Mango leaves have anti-fungal properties too. Don’t have mango leaves? Try applying regular white toothpaste on the affected area to soothe the burn.
8) Mango Leaves As A Treatment For Dysentery
Dysentery can be painful and if not treated properly can be fatal. Consuming mango powder with a glass of water, 2-3 times a day, can prove to be beneficial as a treatment for dysentery.
9) Hiccups Can Be Stopped
Hiccups can become a real menace and can crop up anytime. Even though people have suggested odd things like holding in your breath or gargling with water, nothing seems to work effectively. If the hiccups don’t seem to stop, another home remedy is to inhale the smoke of burning mango leaves. This is said to help cure the hiccups.
10) Flush Out The Toxins
Soak mango leaves in water and leave it overnight. Drink this concoction on an empty stomach in the morning. This is very good for your gut and helps to flush out toxins from your body.
Mango leaves have antibacterial and healing properties. They are edible, so don’t forget to include these leaves in your meal occasionally. If you ever feel restless, drink mango leaves soaked water to feel relax. A lot can be done with mango leaves for the betterment of our overall health. From relieving respiratory diseases to flushing out toxins from our body, this leaf has numerous health benefits.
Do mention in a comment, how do you use mango leaves in your everyday life?
FAQs About Mango Leaves
Wait, from next time, don’t throw away mango leaves. These leaves have numerous health benefits. Mango leaves are a great homemade cure for earaches, burns, etc.
1) What mango leaves cure?
Being rich in antioxidants, these leaves are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties. It also has anti-microbial properties. As per studies, these leaves prevent degenerating cells and cell damage.
As mango leaves have anti-inflammatory properties, they may be used to treat the inflammation caused by auto-immune diseases such as arthritis. Also, it can also help reduce inflammation caused by blood sugar and its ailments.
2) Does mango leaf help lose weight?
Yes, it does help in burning unwanted and stubborn fats. Mango leaves are rich in Vitamin B. Vitamin B is known to stimulate the liver to flush out all the toxins and extra carbs from the body aiding in weight loss.
Mango leaves once consumed, triggers the production of the leptin hormone. The leptin hormones are the one which plays a major role in fat accumulation in the body. Triggering this hormone may help in burning the fats from the body.
Stress is one of the reasons for weight gain. Drinking soaked mango leaves in water or bathing in it is known to help you relax.
3) Can mango leaves lower blood sugar?
Mango leaves have a big role to play in lowering the blood pressure level. Due to the hypotensive properties of mango leaves, they prove to be very beneficial in lowering high blood pressure, strengthening blood vessels, and helping with the problem of varicose veins.
Mango leaves improve insulin production and distribute glucose which stabilizes blood sugar levels. They are loaded with Vitamin C, improving overall immunity.
Disclaimer – This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information before making any dietary changes.
About The Author
Nishtha Asrani Sethi, born and brought up in Delhi, is a content writer who has previously worked with NDTV and Resolver. Her roots are deep within the food industry, thanks to her family business and a keen interest in contemporary food products. Nishtha loves to serve her articles with a side of humor. Her Bachelor’s degree in Home Science comes in handy while researching the science behind the food. When she is not trying to win a battle of fries vs fruit with her daughter, she is busy experimenting with her huge joint family with crazy recipes.