by Ellaine Castillo, Natural News:
Mangoes (Mangifera indica), which are abundant in tropical countries, are famous for their sweet and juicy fruits but these aren’t the only good parts of the plant. Their bark is also useful because of the many health benefits that it provides. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Lagos in Nigeria showed that extracts from the bark of a mango tree significantly improves depression.
Depression is a condition characterized by persistent feelings of sadness or grief. It has become increasingly prevalent over the years, now affecting affects more than 16.2 million Americans. People who suffer from this condition also experience low energy, loss of appetite, and disinterest in things that they used to enjoy. Moreover, depression also increases the risk of suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, obesity, and chronic pain. To improve the quality of life of depressed patients, they often take antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake intake inhibitors (SSRIs). However, these are usually associated with side effects, which include sleep problems, headaches, weight gain, and increased risk of suicide. Because of these, researchers continue to search for natural alternatives that are both effective and safe.