Mango is a fruit normally grown below the tropic of cancer due to its hot climate which is essential for the growth of this amazing and delicious fruit.
There are hundreds of types of mango out there but the 10 most common ones are: Alphonso, Ataulfo, Francis, Haden, Keitt, Kent, Tommy Atkins, Valencia Pride, Glenn, Madame Francique.
Mangoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, fibre, antioxidants, enzymes and water; those are only a part of its great nutritional value which are very beneficial to our health.
Below I have listed 10 amazing benefits of having mangoes regularly in your diet.
1. Improves digestion:
Due to it’s high amount of fibre it will support your digestive system by improving and regulating bowel movement. Also it has enzymes which help to breakdown protein.
2. Lower sugar cravings:
The fibre content and the high amounts of water in mangoes will help to decrease your sugar cravings because it makes you feel fuller for longer and its natural sweet flavour can also lower the cravings for processed sugars, supporting you to keep a healthy body weight.
Another interesting fact is that the mango leaves help to normalise the insulin levels in the blood and the fruit has low GI (41-60) which in moderation won’t spike your sugar levels then being suitable for diabetics.
3. Improves eye sight:
Mangoes are rich in vitamin A, supplying 25% of vitamin A daily needs (RDA). Vitamin A is an essential vitamin to support eye sight, prevents macular degeneration, night blindness, and dry eyes.
4. Helps to lower cholesterol:
Due to its high concentration of fibres, pectin and vitamin C, mangoes contribute to lower serum cholesterol levels in the body, especially LDL (“bad cholesterol”). So if your cholesterol is high, start introducing mangoes and foods high in fibre in your diet.
5. Clear skin:
It helps to clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. Vitamin A and carotene plays a big part of the skin health as they help to prevent acne and maintain a healthy glowing skin. Also because of the great amounts of antioxidants in mango, it can be considered an anti-ageing fruit.
6. Cancer prevention:
Studies have been showing that because of the antioxidants found in mango, it can help with cancer, especially colon, breast, leukaemia and prostate cancer.
7. Helps with heart stroke:
It may sound repetitive but again the fibre content along
side to potassium and the vitamins found in mango help to prevent heart stroke.
8. Decreases inflammation:
In mango we can find 3 nutrients which help to balance the body pH which are tartaric acid, malic acid and traces of citric acid. When we alkalise the body, we are supporting it to decrease chronic inflammations like, heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.
9. Improves memory:
We can find in mangoes vitamin B6 and glutamic acid, which are important nutrients to support our brains by increasing concentration and memory. Studies show better brain performance when people eat mango regularly.
10. Boost immune system:
Mangoes have high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A and antioxidants (such as quercetin and carotene) which are of great importance to boost our immune system.
Face Mask – Exfoliation
2 tbsp oatmeal
2 tbsp almonds
Water (as needed)
In a food processor blend the oatmeal and the almonds to a fine power. Then blend the mango and add it to the oatmeal and almond powder. For last add the water until it creates a mud consistency. Apply the mixture to the face and leave it for 15 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water and pat dry with a clean soft towel.
Mago Face Mask – Hydration
- 1 tbsp mango pulp
- 2 tsp avocado
- 1 tsp coconut oil
In a bowl mush the avocado and then add the mango and coconut oil, stir all ingredients until you get a smooth consistency mask. On a cleaned face apply the mask in circular motions and leave it for about 15 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water and pat dry with a clean soft towel.
Did you know?
Mango is a superfruit and is is considered to be the King of the fruits
- Do not choose a mango by its colour. To check if the mango is ripe gently squeeze the mango and if it is lightly soft then it is ready to eat.
- If the mango you are buying is not organic, soak it overnight in water as it may contain Calcium carbide (used by some farmers)