Mangos May Ward off Colon and Breast Cancer

By Asesina Latest Reply 2010-07-07 22:28:03 -0500
Started 2010-07-06 13:24:27 -0500

Hi everyone
I know this is not exactly related to diabetes, but I found this article extremely interesting…

"It may be time to add mangoes to the growing list of superfoods. This delicious tropical fruit has long been known for its high fiber, potassium, and vitamin C content. Now, a laboratory study is showing that it may also be effective in preventing or killing certain colon and breast cancer cells.

The study, conducted by food scientists for Texas AgriLife Research, part of the Texas A&M University system, tested mango polyphenol extracts (natural substances found in plants that are associated with promoting good health) in vitro on colon, breast, lung, leukemia, and prostate cancer cells. And while the mango extracts showed some impact on lung, leukemia and prostate cancers, they were most effective on breast and colon cancers, causing apotosis, or cell death. Plus, when the researchers tested the mango extracts on normal colon cells alongside the cancer cells, the healthy cells were unharmed.

Using mango polyphenolics, said study researcher Susanne Talcott, Ph.D., assistant professor, Nutrition & Food Science at Texas A&M University, to treat cells that may be on the verge of mutating to cancer cells may halt that process from taking place. Talcott is next planning on launching a small clinical trial with volunteers who have increased inflammation in their intestines with a higher risk for cancer to see if there's any potential clinical benefit.

In the meantime, you can't go wrong by adding mangoes to your diet. In addition to high concentrations of vitamin C, mangoes are also packed with vitamin A (beta-carotene) and contain other essential vitamins as well, including vitamins E, B and K, all necessary for a healthy heart. They also provide lots of fiber, which helps keep constipation and spastic colon at bay."

There is more to this article. I found it at the quality health website. Here is the link, you should be able to copy and paste it on to your browser… hopefully you all can view it :)

7 replies

GabbyPA 2010-07-06 22:19:09 -0500 Report

I love mangos. This is encouraging. I too had thought them high in sugar, but the GI is really your friend if you know how to use it. They make a great refreshing smoothie with some seltzer water and coconut water. YUM

bettymachete 2010-07-06 15:37:06 -0500 Report

I love love love mango. But had been afraid of it due to it's high sugar content. After I read a recent article on Mango being beneficial to fighting diabetes and pre diabetes and looking it up on the Glycemic Index I realized with it's low load of 8 I am ok.

Article from Kaisers office…

Mango was recently identified as a particularly useful food when it comes to the fight against diabetes, and a new study conducted in Australia concretes this. Furthermore, mango could also have a role to play in the treatment of metabolic disorders, although research is at an early stage.

Eating a mango every day could protect people against high cholesterol as well as diabetes. The study, conducted by PhD student Ashley Wilkinson at the University of Queensland, indicates that components within mango operate in a similar manner to some diabetes and cholesterol drugs.

Miss Wilkinson said: "There's been a lot of research looking at nutritional bioactives but it's focused on more temperate fruit like broccoli and grapes. And there hasn't been any research looking at tropical fruit in the context of looking at modulating cellular processes."

A doctor of the school of pharmacy at UQ agreed: "We don't know yet how the whole thing's going to play out but we know some of the individual components activate these receptors or even inhibit them. That could end up with positive nutritional health benefits for diabetes and high cholesterol."

High cholesterol is a major indicator of metabolic syndrome, a by-word for pre-diabetes in many cases.

Diane987 2010-07-06 22:21:27 -0500 Report

I thought you would appreciate this recipe. I haven't tried it yet but I will be shopping for ingredients tomorrow. Mango and Avocado Salad:

bettymachete 2010-07-06 22:55:11 -0500 Report

OOOOH Looove you Diane, you know what I like!!! Let me know how it is!

Diane987 2010-07-07 19:55:02 -0500 Report

The Mango and Avocado Salad is DELICIOUS!! I used white balsamic vinegar in the salad so it would not change the color of the other ingredients. I fixed it for dinner with Herb Crusted Chicken and steamed green beans. I definitely recommend this recipe.