Mangoes are native to the South of Asia where the common or Indian mango (Mangifera indica) is exported worldwide as one of the most widely cultivated tropical fruits. Mangoes are an utterly delicious, sweet fruit, full of flavour, juice and a soft texture that adds colour to your plate. Whilst being a sweet treat, it’s fat and cholesterol free. My love for mango makes me doubly passionate to share these Top 5 Health Benefits of Mango with you!
1. Promotes healthy skin, vision and your immune system
Mango provides the body with a good quantity of Vitamin A, this is also known as retinol. This assists your immune system to function optimally, promote good vision, as well as boost your immunity to disease and maintain skin health.
2. Fights heatstroke
This is an extraordinary and often unknown characteristic of mango: it helps fight heat stroke! Whilst being a delicious fruit on a summer’s day, it can also help the body cool down and prevent damage due to bodily overheating after prolonged exposure to the sun and heat. Tip: add water to mango once juiced and then consume, this juice will tremendously help to hydrate you, and prevent heat stroke, as well as cure it.
3. Contains Vitamin C
Mango has high quantities of vitamin C, which is also known as ascorbic acid. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. The body naturally produces “free radicals” and antioxidants counteract their damaging effects. Vitamin C, protects cells and keeping them healthy, maintaining healthy connective tissue, and giving support and structure for other tissues and organs, along with speedier wound healing and blood clotting. In regular doses, vitamin C is also beneficial in protecting yourself from those dreaded colds and flu viruses!
4. Good source of dietary fibre
Did you know that fibre is only found in food that comes from plants? Mango is a plant that is full of fibre, forming part of a healthy balanced diet. Studies have proved that fibre helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, improve digestive health, and as a soluble fibre, can also reduce cholesterol.
Here’s an easier way to peel your mangoes!
5. Contains Vitamin B6
Mango also contains Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine which helps the body to use and store energy from substances such as protein and carbohydrates in food. It also forms haemoglobin, to carry oxygen around the body.
Mangoes are a delectably tasty and nutritious way to take in key vitamins that help prevent disease, maintain a healthy heart, energy and oxygen supply. They can be found in markets and supermarkets year round. Why not try swapping those unhealthy processed snacks for this, one of Mother Nature’s crowning candies? If you love mangoes, tell us about it below or share your recipes with us @keepfitkingdom !