The health advantages of drinking Mango tea are quite considerable and mainly derived from both its various tea components and the valuable elements of the mango fruit.
Mango tea is generally used to describe a type of flavored tea made up of a black tea base that has been infused with mango flavor, and accompanied by dried mango pieces and other complementary-tasting fruits. Mango tea is quite aromatic and has a slightly tangy taste.
The mango is a fleshy fruit that belongs to the genus Mangifera, in the family Anacardiaceae.The ripe mango fruit comes in different sizes and colors. The most common color of a ripe mango is bright yellow, but various cultivars also yield fruits that are orange, red or green. The fruit bears a single flat, oblong-shaped pit that has a fibrous surface. In some cultivars, the pit is surrounded by a thick coating of soft, pulpy flesh that typically tastes sweet. Other cultivars have a firmer and harder flesh. This seed or pit contains the plant embryo.
This tea can be derived and enjoyed either of many ways, for example:
- Simply place about a teaspoon of ready-made loose leaf mango tea in a mug of newly-boiled water and allow to steep for about 3 to 4 minutes. Discard the leaves and then drink. To sweeten the tea, add a hint of honey or sugar.
- Dunk one mango teabag into a mug of newly-boiled water and allow to steep for about 3 to 4 minutes. Discard the teabag and then drink.
- Home-made mango tea can also be made by placing 1 teaspoon of loose-leaf black Ceylon tea or one black tea bag in a mug of hot water for about 3 to 4 minutes. Discard the leaves or the bag then add fresh mango juice to the mix. The strength of the mango flavor will be dependent on the quantity of the juice. This is ideally served iced on a hot, humid day.
The health effects of this fruity tea come from the constituents of the tea leaves as well as from the mango’s flavoring and fruit flavonoids. Black tea is rich in antioxidants like catechins and quercetin. It is likewise abundant in amino acids, minerals (such as magnesium and potassium) and vitamins (like vitamins B, C and E).
Meanwhile, the mango fruit has traditionally been used as a source of beneficial nutrients for the body. It is quite rich in vitamins A, B6, C, E, as well as in the antioxidant beta-carotene, fiber, and minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, and zinc which contribute greatly to the health benefits of the entire brew.
Combining the fruit and the black tea base into mango tea has become quite widespread in the last several years due to the exploding popularity of cold tea drinks among the general public, the improvement of tea-mixing technology, and the jump in “coolness” factor for flavored teas in general.
The following are the potential mango tea benefits that may be derived from this flavorful brew:
- Mango tea may help in lowering the risk for developing tumors and cancer due to the antioxidant content of both the tea leaves and the mango fruit.
- May help lower bad cholesterol levels in the body.
- Known to help improve digestion.
- Could be helpful for individuals with diabetes.
- Could be helpful for a healthy immune system.
- Assumed to be helpful for overall health and well-being.
- The phytonutrients found within fruits like mango have been linked to numerous health effects.