In southern India, mango leaf is widely used for cleaning teeth. A fresh mango leaf is washed and the midrib is removed. Leaf is then folded lengthwise with glossy surfaces facing each other.
Some research suggests that mango leaf extract may help regulate fat metabolism, thus protecting against fat gain and obesity
Mango-tree leaves are placed on the water pot (kalask) before rituals to complete a Hindu ceremony called Purnakumba. The leaves symbolise the limbs of the god, along with a single coconut that represents the head. Mango leaves are also said to signify goddess Lakshmi, and known to keep out negative energy.
Although the stem, bark, leaves, roots, and fruit are likewise used in traditional medicine, the leaves in particular are believed to help treat diabetes and other health conditions
Some research suggests that they improve gut bacteria and help treat or prevent conditions like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer
Animal studies suggest that mango leaves’ anti-inflammatory properties may even protect your brain from conditions like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s
Mango leaf extract may help manage obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome by interfering with fat metabolism
In a study in rats with obesity, those fed mango leaf tea in addition to a high fat diet gained less abdominal fat than those given only the high fat diet
Mango leaves are said to promote hair growth, and mango leaf extract may be used in some hair products. Yet, there's little scientific evidence to support these claims. Still, mango leaves are rich in antioxidants, which may protect your hair follicles from damage. In turn, this may aid hair growth
Multiple reviews demonstrate that the mangiferin in mango leaves may have anticancer potential, as it combats oxidative stress and fights inflammation
Mango leaf and other parts of the plant have historically been used to aid stomach ulcers and other digestive conditions
The antioxidants and polyphenols in mango leaves may delay some of the effects of skin aging and treat certain skin conditions, though more studies are needed.
While mango leaves can be eaten fresh, one of the most common ways to consume them is in tea.
To prepare your own mango leaf tea at home, boil 10–15 fresh mango leaves in 2/3 cups (150 mL) of water
What’s more, mango leaf is available as a powder, extract, and supplement. The powder can be diluted in water and drunk, used in skin ointments, or sprinkled in bathwater
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