It’s summer time!
My absolute favorite season of the year! Hand in hand with summer comes along the ripe succulent mango season too! Mangoes have gotten a bad reputation with dieters because of their calories and high sugar content; however what people don’t know is that mangoes are a powerhouse of nourishment and provide incredible benefits for your body. Let us take a closer, deeper look at this delicious fruit, beyond the plain and simple calories!
- Rich in a plethora of antioxidant power! Mangoes contain antioxidants like quercetin and gallic acid that help protect the body against various types of cancers such as breast, prostate and colon cancer.
- Protects and looks after our immune system! Mangoes are rich in carotenoids, vitamin C, and A which help strengthen our immune system, thus allowing us to be better equipped to fight off seasonal viruses such as the current array of Corona Viruses.
- Boosts brain function and memory! Mangoes are rich in glutamine acid which helps increase cell activity in the brain. Slice a mango or chop it into cubes and add it to your breakfast before work, and ½ a mango is an excellent snack for children before homework.
- Excellent in improving your digestion! Mangoes contain proteolytic digestive enzymes, which act as a soothing digestive aid, breaking down proteins, combating bad bacteria in your gut, and assisting in your body’s natural detoxification process.
- Lowers cholesterol levels! Because of the abundance of vitamin C, pectin, and fiber in mangoes, when eaten in moderation they are known to be an excellent remedy in helping to reduce serum cholesterol levels.
- Marvelous for your skin! Apart from the fact that mangoes are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and numerous other antioxidants that help feed our cells, the skin of a mango is rich in Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which helps increase skin cell turnover- basically acting as an excellent natural skin rejuvenator. Rub the peel of a ripe mango gently on your skin once a week and observe the difference.
- Excellent for diabetics? Yes! The mango leaf has been used for hundreds of years in Ayruvedic and natural medicine as an insulin hormone regulator. Boil a handful of mango leaves overnight, soak them in a bowl, strain the water and drink the concoction in the morning. This will help manage blood sugar levels having a very similar effect to olive tree leaves.
- Alkalizes your body! As we all know, the more alkali the body is the healthier it is, always aim to have your body in an alkali state. Mangoes are rich in tartartic and mallic acid and have a pH of 8.5 making them an excellent alkalizing food.
Know the numbers:
One cup (225 grams) contains the following:
- Percentages are your recommended daily values:
- 140 calories
- 104 percent vitamin C
- 35 percent vitamin A
- 11 percent vitamin B family
- 9 percent healthy probiotic fiber
Above I highlighted the prime body nourishing properties of mangoes, there are however more! So all you dieters out there please enjoy the season guilt free, and remember everything in moderation! Happy summer