Mangoes are one of the most popular and nutritionally rich fruits in the world and are often referred to as “The King of the Fruits”. Mangoes are an amazing source of vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex as well as health promoting flavonoids such as beta-carotene and alpha-carotene.
Mangoes are a powerful anti-cancer food and are specifically known to help prevent lung, breast, colon, prostate, blood, and oral cancers. They are also highly beneficial in the prevention of strokes, heart disease, arthritis, cognitive disorders, respiratory diseases, and kidney disease. Mangoes can help to alkalinize the whole body by helping to flush out toxic acids and rebuild the alkali reserves in the body.
Mangoes are packed with enzymes and are a prebiotic food, meaning they contain compounds that stimulate and feed the good bacteria in the intestines which greatly aids in digestion and assimilation. Mangoes contain a significant amount of pyridoxine (B-6) which is vital for the synthesis of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Pyridoxine is also essential in maintaining hormonal balance and proper immune function as well as for helping the body break down sugars, fats and proteins. Mangoes are thought to help prevent insomnia and provide for a better nights sleep.
In some countries mangoes are eaten right before bed as a natural sleep aid. Mangoes are known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol due to its significant fiber, pectin, and vitamin C content. Mangoes are also excellent for promoting good eyesight and helping to prevent night blindness and dry eyes. They are also wonderful for skin health and can be used both internally and externally to help clear clogged pores, eliminate pimples, and add a natural glow to the skin.
Mangoes are one of the worlds most versatile fruits and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. Consider using mango in your smoothie, salads, salsa, avocado, and vegetable dishes. Spices also pair well with mango and try experimenting with cinnamon, curry, cloves, and chili pepper to boost the flavor and nutrition of your meals. Start or end your day with a simple but delicious mango pudding. Blend 2-4 ripe mangoes (peel and pit removed) in a blender or food processor until creamy and smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with fresh berries.
There are several varieties available in supermarkets throughout the year including Tommy Atkins, Kent, Yellow, Ataulfo, Keitt, and Champagne. Some are sweet and creamy while others are juicy and bright. Experiment with finding new ways to add mangoes into your diet. Your body will love you for it.