Is it Safe to Eat Mango Skin? The Hidden Benefits of Mango Peel

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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Some produce can be eaten straight out of the garden while others require extensive cleaning, scrubbing and peeling.

As you may know, vegetable and fruit peels contain plenty of antioxidants and other powerful nutrients.

Other less-popular parts of the produce, such as the core and seeds also hold other nutrients found in smaller quantities in the fruit itself (1).

For example, the hairy skin of the kiwi fruit is high in antioxidants and thought to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergenic properties, explains Dr. Marilyn Glenville, former president of the Food and Health Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine (2).

Can You Eat Mango Peel?

Mangoes are a powerhouse of vitamins C, A, E, K, and B6 as well as minerals like copper. They’re also high in fiber and other nutrients (3).

Rich in the powerful antioxidants mangiferin, norathyriol, resveratrol, and quercetin, mango peel is no exception. These antioxidants fight aging, free radical damage, disease, and even cancer (4).

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Mangiferin is also “… analgesic, antidiabetic, anti-sclerotic, antimicrobial and antiviral, cardio-, hepato-, and neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, MAO inhibiting and memory improving, as well as radioprotective against X-ray, gamma, and UV radiation.” (5)

Norathyriol, on the other hand, reduces inflammation and protects against UV damage and skin cancer (6).

Resveratrol, commonly found in red grapes, fights cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegenerative diseases. It can even significantly improve glucose and lipid metabolic disorders in patients with type 2 diabetes (7).

What’s more, mangoes contain quercetin, a flavonoid with anti-inflammatory and antihistamine effects (8).