5 benefits of mango seeds that’ll make you regret throwing it

Updated on: 7 July 2022, 12:50 pm IST

Mangoes are loaded with nutrition. However, these benefits of mango seeds will make you think twice before discarding them.

Shifa Khan
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Are you ready to reap these benefits of mango seed? Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
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We enjoy mangoes and then sadly toss the seeds away, right? That might change today! Mango seeds contain many healing properties that make them a prized ingredient in Ayurvedic medicines. Mango seed can be used in a butter, oil or powder form. Well, we are listing some superb benefits of mango seeds that will amaze you!

HealthShots got in touch with dietitians Kajal Wattamwar and Bushra Qureshi, co-founders of Healthy Steady Go, who rolled out some interesting nutritional qualities of mango kernels.

Mangoes taste like a piece of heaven, but these benefits of mango seeds will make you keep them:

1. A complete protein

“Mango seed kernels have a low protein content but at the same time they contain most of the essential amino acids, with highest values of leucine, valine and lysine making it a complete protein. While most vegetarian sources are incomplete protein, mango seed is our star,” says Qureshi.

2. Rich in antioxidants

Mango seed kernels are shown to be a good source of polyphenols, phytosterols as campesterol, sitosterol and tocopherols. In addition, mango seed kernel could be used as a potential ingredient for functional foods, antimicrobial compounds and cosmetics due to its high quality of fat and protein as well as high levels of natural antioxidants.

Some experimental research uses mango seed flours to make various antioxidant-rich recipes as well.

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Mangoes aren’t just yummy to eat but there are many hidden benefits of mango seeds too. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Good source of healthy fats

Wattamwar says, “Mango seed has a lipid profile rich in unsaturated fatty acids, free of trans fatty acids. These fats have acceptable physical and chemical characteristics. Many experimental studies have used mango seed extracted oils into a variety of products too.”

4. Natural antibiotic

It is an abundant and cost-effective potential natural antibiotic and anti-fungal that can be utilized in addressing the challenge of food poisoning and infections caused by pathogenic microorganisms in the food industry.

5. Aids in digestion

“Due to its antibacterial properties and fiber content, mango seeds have been proven to help aid digestion. With this, mango seeds also are loaded with fiber, which can help in weight loss when consumed in enough amounts. Ayurveda has been using mango seed oil and powder for various purposes. Many ayurvedic retreats use mango seed oil as hair oil and or as a moisturiser,” Qureshi told Health Shots.

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Eating mango seeds are great for your digestive health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here’s how you can consume mango seeds:

While sharing a quick recipe, Wattamwar says, “Our favourite way to consume mango seeds is by making a mukhwas (mouth freshener)! They aid in digestion, so eating it right after your meals as a mukhwas is a great practice one can start. Just dry the seed, pressure cook and deseed them. Finally chop into small pieces, sauté in some ghee and salt.

Your mukhwas loaded with the many health benefits of mango seeds is ready!

From next time onwards, you got to keep the seeds away from the bin, ladies!

Shifa Khan Shifa Khan

An aesthete and a skincare junkie, Shifa spends most of her time cooking delish food while wearing a sheet mask. At HealthShots, she creates high-octane content that can leave you all a little intrigued!

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