Mangoes are better laxative
A recent study suggests that there is a much more effective natural alternative for your go-to laxative and these are mangoes. A Texas A&M University pilot study published in the peer-reviewed journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research found that mango, which contains a combination of polyphenols and fiber, is more effective than an equivalent amount of fiber powder in relieving constipation.
For an entire month, 36 adult men and women with chronic constipation were randomly divided into two groups: the mango group ate about 300 grams of mango a day (equivalent to about 2 cups or 1 mango), while the fiber group consumed the equivalent amount of fiber powder into their daily diet (1 teaspoon or 5 grams of dietary psyllium fiber supplement).
Throughout the study, the participants’ food intake was assessed by a food questionnaire to ensure that their eating habits did not change.
In an article from News Medical Life Science, Susanne U. Mertens-Talcott, an associate professor in the department of nutrition and food science at Texas A & M University, explained that “mango offers an advantage over fiber supplements because of the bioactive polyphenols contained in mangos that helped reduce markers of inflammation and change the make-up of the microbiome, which includes trillions of bacteria and other microbes living in our digestive track.”
And while dietary fibers available in the market does it job to ease constipation, Mertends-Talcott said that it doesn’t do enough since it may not fully address all symptoms such as intestinal inflammation.