Mangoes, good for Sexual Health, body alkaliser and Immune booster read on for more

The "hedgehog" style is a common way...

The “hedgehog” style is a common way of eating mangoes (left). A cross section of a mango can be seen on the right, not quite fully halving the fruit as the stone is not visible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Health Benefits of Mangos

These fragrant, juicy, tropical delights are as healthy as they are delicious. Nutritionally, they are laden with Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, calcium, citric acid, copper, high fibre content, flavonoids like beta-carotene, lycopene. malic acid, manganese, pectin, phosphorous, potassium, tartaric acid, zinc and important compounds like quercetin

WELLNESS

Health-conscious folks around the globe have embraced this tantalizing fruit in part due its mouth-watering scrumptiousness, but mostly due to its incredible laundry list of health benefits including but not limited to Alkalization Citric acid, malic acid and tartaric acid all assist in alkalinizing the body

Anti-cancer properties Abundant with anti-oxidant compounds and vitamins like the almighty C and the ever-important beta-carotene, mangos can stave off various cancers including breast cancer, colon cancer, oral cavity cancers, lung cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia.

Lycopene is an anti-oxidant carotenoid, which can inhibit tumor growth Arthritis Anti-oxidant vitamin C is a champion warrior against cell-damaging free radicals that often cause inflammation in individuals suffering from osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis Diabetes help Mango leaves, in particular, can help regulate healthy insulin levels and are quite low on the glycemic index. The flesh of mangos also purportedly reduces blood glucose

Digestive health Mangos are fibre-rich, with 5 whole grams in one mango alone. A high fibre diet can do wonders to keep your digestive system in good working order and flush your body regularly of potentially harmful toxins and waste materials. Mangos have been recently closely studied to show that they have high levels of prebiotics, which produce beneficial bacteria in the belly that can ward off various diseases

Eye health The wealth of Vitamin A and important flavonoids like beta-carotene in mangos are both essential for high visual acuity and are known to combat night blindness and keep eyes moist Healthy bones and teeth Vitamin C is a must for healthy gums. Vitamin A and beta-carotene are crucial for healthy teeth Heart health Vitamin C, fibre and pectin are all known to lower “bad cholesterol” aka LDL cholesterol, fight atherosclerosis and lower blood pressure. Potassium helps control a healthy heart rate and can also lower and regulate blood pressure. Lycopene halts LDL, or “bad cholesterol,” from damaging arterial walls

Immune system health Vitamins A, glorious Vitamin C and a whole slew of crucial carotenoids in mangos, mightily boost your immune system and can ward off a wide variety of ailments ranging from the common but pesky cold to influenza to the HIV virus

Sexual health Due to their plethora of Vitamin E, it has been suggested that mangos may actually help ignite your libido Stress relief Vitamin B-6 is absolutely crucial in producing GABA, an extremely important amino acid, which serves as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and can promote a general calming effect and feeling of well being

BEAUTY

Anti-oxidant properties Vitamin A. Vitamin C and beta-carotene all combat the cell-damaging free radicals that may result in premature aging.

They keep your hair follicles healthy and your nails strong. Skin-wise, mangos can actually be applied topically to the face to unclog pores and prevent breakouts and blemishes

WEIGHT LOSS

Body fat / Metabolism

Mangos are considered one of the top of the crop fruits on the market when it comes to speeding up metabolism and studies have shown that eating mangos may actually aid in reducing body fat.

Mangos reduce the level of a hormone called leptin, which is produced by fat cells. Leptin is also responsible for the regulation of appetite

COOKING

Mangos are magnificently luscious eaten in the raw, as-is. However, if you desire to get a little fancy in the kitchen, there are quite a few lovely recipes that are easy and fun to make

Mango salsa has become all the culinary rage these days and is phenomenal as a stand-alone dip for home baked tortilla chips or as a bright and punchy relish for your favorite white fish steak. It only takes but a few minutes to dice up a nice, fresh mango, add one chopped jalapeno pepper, some minced red onions, a few shredded coriander leaves, a good squeeze of lime juice and some salt and pepper to taste.

For a truly surprising and satisfying appetizer, whip up a batch of chilled mango and melon soup with avocado greek style yoghurt. Imagine it as a sort of fruity gazpacho. Just combine a couple of ripe mangos, your favorite melon, the juice of some limes, and a pinch of two of fresh minced ginger for a savory, spicy kick and avocado mashed with mango.

If BBQ’d proteins are your culinary thing, then mangos make for incredibly tangy and tasty glazes and marinades for a myriad of seafood, chicken and light game meats, breasts, drumsticks or thighs. Break out your blender and toss in some fresh mangos, a squirt or two of lemon or lime juice, a turn of high quality olive oil, some minced garlic, one or two of your favorite spicy capsicum, a dash of vinegar and salt and pepper to taste

Or just chargrill some fresh mango cheeks lightly with fresh asparagus, pancetta and spinach for a fabbo breakfast

Mango lassis are THE most popular and beloved recipes in India and you will often find them in Indian restaurants the world round. Their consistency most resembles a cross between a smoothie and a thick milkshake. If you want to keep them on the healthy tip, just use low-fat yogurt! They are the perfect body coolants for a sweltering summer’s day

“Sometimes, a Sunday afternoon needs a whole mango to be kept entirely for oneself, and eaten in one sitting.” ~Alison Pill

Mango and its longitudinal section

Mango and its longitudinal section (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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