Mango is one of those fruits you just cannot ignore when it comes to dieting, let’s face it, it’s delicious! It’s absolutely packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrition. The health benefits of mango are quite vast, I will try to cover all of it within this article.
Mangos originated in India, over 4000 years ago. They first spread throughout Asia, where they were popular, this led to them being spread to the rest of the world. Now days, you can find mangos in almost every grocery store.
What does mango contain?
– 1 cup of mango has around 25% of the recommended daily amount. Vitamin A has a lot of important benefits for the body, especially in the eyes and skin, therefore it’s widely used for facemasks and cream. It also helps boost your bones, reproductive system, and immune system.
– Mango is one of the highest food sources of vitamin C, it’s essential for the immune system, it also prevents against scurvy. Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins we can take, it plays a vital role in bone, muscle, and tendon growth.
– Helps your blood clot effectively to stop the bleeding if you are injured. Vitamin K also helps prevent anaemia. Like vitamin C, it helps strengthen bones.
– Mangos are rich in folate, which is vital for pregnant women, it helps to stop birth defects. In fact, Physicians recommend pregnant women consume at least 400mgc per day.
– This helps fluid balance in the body and helps nerve signals. A high potassium diet helps prevent high blood pressure.
– Important for many functions in the body, including but not limited to regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels and making protein.
What’s the health benefits of mango?
The mango is used in a variety of different ways, some people eat it as is, some mix into a smoothie and others create creams and lotions to help the skin. Vitamin manufacturers use it to make capsules that can be swallowed, hence the use of vitamin tablets.
Here are just a few health benefits of mango…
Lower risk of cancer
Mangos are their colour because of beta-carotene, it’s also an antioxidant which helps fight against bad cells and bacteria.
A healthy heart
Mango is a great source of magnesium and potassium, both of which are connected to help lowering blood pressure and regulating your pulse. Mango is very good at supporting your cardiovascular system.
Most fruit will help with digestion and the mango is one of them. It’s a great source of fibre, which helps to avoid constipation. The compounds found inside can help dissolve the foods in your stomach and break down difficult starches.
There is research done to suggest that mango can be used as a weight-control, since phytochemicals may suppress fat cells and fat-related genes.
What is mango used for?
Mango has been a delicious treat for thousands of years, it’s perfectly fine to eat it as it comes. Recently, it has been used in health supplements such as the “African mango”.
Mango has also been used in many cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
The most interesting thing I have seen mango being used for is by the cosmetics industry for skin creams and other cosmetics, like face masks.
Some other ways of using mango are:
- Slice and dice into salads
- Add it to smoothies
- Use it for a summer salad
- Create a fruit salad or basket, along with other fruits
- Add it to quinoa salads
Free mango face mask recipes
Do you have any left-over pieces you are unsure what to do with? Use it for the face! Because of the high levels of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and other acids, it’s perfect for exfoliating the face and leaving it feeling soft, fresh, and youthful.
Mango and honey face mask recipe
Honey is used in a lot of face masks, we used honey in a lot of the pineapple recipes for our health benefits of pineapple post. We will also use it here because honey helps balance the bacteria on your skin. It makes it excellent for acne for this very reason.
- 4 tbsp. of chopped mango pulp (preferably blended)
- 2 tsp of raw honey
- 2 tbsp of almond oil
- Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix, or a blender and blend.
- Apply to the skin and let sit for 15-20 minutes while it works its magic.
- Wash off with clean warm water and feel results.
Mango mud face mask recipe
The milk and honey in this recipe help to rejuvenate the skin by removing the dead skin cells, making your skin feel very soft and fresh.
- ¼ mango chopped into pieces
- 2 tbsp of honey
- ¼ cup of milk (full fat)
- 1 tbsp of finely ground oats
- Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until you get a paste
- If it’s too runny add oats, too thick add milk
- Apply to the face and leave it to sit for 15 minutes
- Wash off with warm water and enjoy results