You already know mangoes are one of the most delicious fruits, whether it’s in a fruit salad or you’re just nibbling on one. Cultivated primarily in tropical climates, this sweet stone fruit has the ability to transport you to a beautiful island getaway with every bite.
As sweet and tasty as they are, though, the enjoyment gained by eating pales in comparison to the health benefits of mangoes.
Vitamin C, folate, vitamin A, and dietary fiber are just a few of the beneficial nutrients found in the fruit of a fresh mango. Whether you like mangoes in your breakfast smoothie, your snacks, or simply on their own, incorporating this healthy and delicious treat will positively affect you—from your taste buds down to your toes.
Lower Risk of Illness
A study done by Texas AgriLife Research food scientists found that the antioxidants in mangoes might help protect you from certain types of cancers, including colon, breast, and prostate.
“For cells that may be on the verge of mutating or being damaged, mango polyphenolics prevent this kind of damage,” says Dr. Susanne Talcott, one of the scientists who conducted the study.
Eat for Your Eyes
Another one of the many mango health benefits comes from the fruit’s ample supply of vitamin A, which protects the surface of your eye and promotes better vision. Vitamin A is also helpful in treating dry eyes and may play a role in decreasing the risk of macular degeneration. They say you first eat with your eyes, so consider giving your baby blues added nutritional benefits by adding mangoes into your diet.
Mangoes not only support living a happy, healthy lifestyle, but they may also provide many positive aspects with regard to skin care. When applied externally or eaten, mango puree can be used for everything from brightening the skin’s appearance to treating blemishes.
If you are looking for a good exfoliating body scrub, simply combine the puree of one mango with ½ cup of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. This sweet concoction will leave your skin feeling silky and smooth.
The dietary fiber found in mangoes helps your digestion. According to the Mayo Clinic, fiber keeps you regular while also potentially lowering your risk of developing hemorrhoids. Foods containing fiber can also help you maintain a healthy weight, as you feel full longer.
After a tough workout, who doesn’t love a tasty treat? One large mango has a hefty amount of potassium, which helps alleviate pain from sore muscles and aids in electrolyte balance. Combine the fruit of one mango with a frozen banana and 1 cup of almond milk for the rejuvenating reward of a sweet post-workout smoothie.
The health benefits of mangoes rival those of most other fruits, and their tropical taste can’t be beat. Add mangoes to your shopping list and enjoy one of the tastiest—and healthiest—fruits that Mother Nature produces with your family.
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