Mango Powder May Boost Microcirculation in Women
Microcirculation is the circulation of blood in our smallest blood vessels, such as the ones in our organs. A recent study suggests that a mango powder may help boost the microcirculation process in women.
Participants in the study included 10 healthy women who were given a single dose containing either 100 mg or 300 mg of the mango powder supplement. The researchers measured microcirculation and endothelial function in the women using the Oxygen-to-see system and pulse amplitude tonometry respectively. Activation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase was measured in vitro in primary human umbilical vein endothelial cells.
The researchers found that the 100 mg dose was enough to improve microcirculation in the women. They also found that cutaneous blood flow increased 54% over time after the 100 mg dose and 35% over time after the 300 mg dose. In the in vitro tests, the mango powder increased the activated form of endothelial nitric oxide synthase dose-dependently by 23% (300 ug/mL), 42% (1500 ug/mL), and 60% (3000 ug/mL) when compared with a control.
Researchers from Vital Solutions Swiss AG conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on November 19, 2015, in Planta Med.
Previous studies suggest that mangoes may help reduce blood glucose levels in people with obesity and that they may help lower cholesterol. They’re rich in fiber, vitamin A, and folic acid. If you want to add more mango to your diet, consider taking it as a supplement in a powdered form, as they did for this study, or eat the ripe fruits with yogurt for breakfast or as a great dessert alternative.