It has been named the most widely eaten fruit on the planet and is a favourite for many Jamaicans.

But despite their sweet flavour, mangoes offer numerous potential health benefits.

Here are 6 awesome health benefits of mangoes:

1). Hair and Skin – Mangoes containvitamin A, a nutrient that is required for sebumproduction which keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A also plays an important role in the growth of all bodily tissues, including hair and skin. One mango can provide adequate vitamin C for a day which is crucial for the building and maintenance of collagen that provides structure to hair and skin.

2.) Aids Digestion –  The water and fiber content in mangoes aid in preventing constipation and help to promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract.

3.) Heart Disease – The potassium, fiber and vitamins contained in mangoes all aid in warding off heart disease. Increasing potassium intake and decreasing sodium intake is crucial to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

 4.) Preventing Cancer – Mangoescontain a high quantity of vitamins andantioxidantswhich have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer.

Research has shown that the compounds quercetin, astragalin, gallic acid, fisetin, isoquercitrin, and methylgallat, protect the body against colon, prostate, and breast cancer, as well as leukemia thought more research is required to find out exactly how these compounds offer protect against cancer.

5.) Brain & Nervous System Health – Mangoes have generous amounts of vitamin B-6 which is vital for brain and nervous system functioning. Glutamine, an essential aminoacid can also be found in mangoes which has been shown to enhance memory and concentration.

6.) Immune Boosting – Mangoes have high amounts of beta-carotene and has been shown to boost the immune system. Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A once inside the body. Vitamin A is a powerfulantioxidant, and helps protect the body against damaging free radicals. In addition to beta-carotene, mangos contain high amounts of vitamin C, which has also shown effective in boosting immune system functioning.

 How often do you eat mangoes?