What is Mango Tea?
Mango tea is a fruity, exotic tea that is brewed from the leaves of a mango tree, and while there are dozens of varieties of mango, the genus for all of them is Mangifera. Typically found in Asia, Southeast Asia, and parts of the Indian subcontinent, mango tea is a very popular beverage there because some of these underdeveloped countries struggle to attain enough nutrients through their diet. Mango tea provides a strong concentration of critical minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins that are needed to keep indigenous and remote populations healthy.
Due to the recent attention on mango as a superfood fruit, packed with unique antioxidants and offering numerous health benefits, mango tea has also seen its popularity grow. Fortunately, many of the claims concerning what this tea can do have played out, and it is becoming more and more trusted in the natural health community.
How to Make Mango Tea?
Making mango tea at home is quite simple once you have the necessary ingredients. While most mangoes in the store come without leaves, you can find the dried leaves in pre-packaged tea bags, or you can get the leaves from exotic import stores.
- Step 1: Bring a saucepan of water to boil.
- Step 2: Add 2 tablespoons of dried mango leaves to a tea infuser or teapot.
- Step 3: Allow the leaves to steep for approximately 5 minutes (7 for a stronger brew).
- Step 4: Remove the tea bag or strain the leaves, then add honey or sugar, as desired.
Mango Tea Benefits
There are a number of important health benefits of mango tea that include:
- Preventing symptoms of hypertension
- Managing diabetes
- Improving immune function
- Boosting heart health
- Improving digestion
Let us look at the benefits in detail below:
Various studies point to the ability of this tea to better regulate the release of blood sugar and insulin in the body, while other research praises the healing properties of mangoes in repairing damaged blood vessels near the pancreas.
Mango and its active ingredients have long been known to suppress blood pressure, and the same is true of this fruit tea. With high levels of vitamin A, B, and C, this tea can quickly balance your metabolism and prevent the symptoms of hypertension.
Vitamin C and vitamin A function as antioxidants in this tea, along with other phytonutrients and phenolic compounds, which can reduce the strain on the immune system and prevent a number of infections and pathogens. Vitamin C also helps to rebuild damaged blood vessels.
Mangiferin is a polyphenolic antioxidant found in mango leaves that has been directly linked to neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative stress, which can help to eliminate chronic diseases, such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.
Studies have indicated that the regular use of mango tea is an excellent way to stimulate normal digestion and regular bowel movements, thus lowering your risk of constipation and other gastrointestinal issues.