Researchers from Texas A&M University have uncovered proof that eating mangos may help those suffering from inflammatory bowel disease manage their condition. The study, from the school’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science, was led by Dr. Susanne Talcott, a research scientist at the university.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Colorectal Cancers
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a condition that causes painful swelling in portions of the digestive tract. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of the condition include severe diarrhea, weight loss, pain, and fatigue. Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis are two types of inflammatory bowel disorders. It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans and 2.2 million Europeans suffer from inflammatory bowel conditions.
Those who suffer from the condition are more likely to develop certain cancers in the digestive tract. Inflammatory bowel diseases leave scars and lesions that collect bacteria. Over a period of 10 to 15 years, these bacteria can cause mutations that develop into cancerous growths. According to the American Cancer Society, 134,490 new cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in 2016. These new cases will be directly responsible for 49,190 deaths.