About 200,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States this year. The disease will kill nearly 40,000.
Texas researchers are studying how compounds found in mango affect may help lower those numbers.
Scientists at the Institute for Obesity Research and Program Evaluation at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, studied how the polyphenolic compounds found in mangos act to fight cancer cells and reduce inflammation. Other studies have already shown that bioactive compounds, like phenolic acids, flavonoids, and carotenoids in mangos display anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Bottom line — mangos are good for you.
This particular study used polyphenolics extracted from mangos to treat non-cancer and cancer breast cells in vitro (outside their normal biological environment). It showed that at a certain concentration, the mango polyphenols decreased breast cancer cell proliferation by about 90 percent while decreasing the proliferation of non-cancer cells by approximately 20 percent.
Dr. Susanne Talcott, director for research at the institute and assistant professor, nutrition and food science department, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences stated the research has “moved us closer to determining whether mango polyphenols will have cancer-fighting effects on human beings.” She also notes: “So far, the indications are positive, but a lot of work will have to be done to determine the actual concentration of mango metabolites in target tissues.”
Our bodies are designed to eat natural, whole foods — not manufactured, overly-processed crap.
Fresh mangos of various varieties are available year round. Watch this National Mango Board video to learn how to select and prepare a nutritious, delicious mango. Try it in a mango banana smoothie or a mango black bean salad. And please share your favorite mango recipes in the comments below!
Image and Video Credit: National Mango Board