20 Wonderful benefits of mangoes for beauty and health
Mango is a fruit made for the summer. With its wonderful taste and mild aroma, the soft, yellow mango fruit always tastes great, whether you drink it as a juice, add it to tropical fruit salad or include in deserts. But, mangos have more going for them, than just their tropical, sunshine taste. Mangos are one of the powerhouses of the fruit world and they are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants that bring many, many health benefits too. Here are just twenty of those health benefits that you get from eating mango fruit:
1. Increases your metabolic rate
Mangos are very rich in fiber, which improves the digestion and increases the metabolic rate; this makes mango a great fruit to eat, when you are trying to lose weight.
2. They are high in folic acid
Mangoes are also a rich source of folic acid, which is the form of Vitamin B that doctors recommend that women take when pregnant, to help keep the unborn baby healthy and happy.
3. It can help with diabetes
Diabetics can gain some benefit from eating mangoes too, because the fruit is known to control the blood sugar levels and normalize insulin levels in the blood.
4. They can be used as a blackhead treatment
You can use a mango scrub to exfoliate your skin and remove blackheads. Mix some mango pulp with half a teaspoon of yogurt and some honey and rub it over the affected area, in a circular motion, and the mixture will exfoliate, cleanse and nourish your skin.
5. It can help to prevent cancer
Mangoes are loaded with antioxidants, including methylgallat, astragalin, isoquercitrin, fisetin, quercetin and gallic acid, all of which are known to help prevent cancer. They also contain pectin, which recent research has found can prohibit the function of galectin 9, which is a compound found in cancerous cells.
6. They are good for your eyes
Eating mangos can help keep your eyes healthy and fight off the onset of macular degeneration. The fruit is a good source of Vitamin A, which is needed by the body to maintain good vision.
7. Stabilizes blood pressure
Mangos are a great natural source of potassium, which, amongst other things, regulates the balance of fluids in your body and helps to maintain a stable blood pressure. It is also a vital nutrient that assists with muscle, heart and nerve functions.
8. They help to fight free radical damage
Mango fruits are high in antioxidants and phytochemicals, which help to protect the body from the damage that can be caused by free radicals. Free radical damage is known to cause both the signs of aging and can be the cause of cancer.
9. Use mango to treat acne
Raw mango juice acts as a natural astringent and you can use it to treat breakouts. The best way the get this benefit is to boil a slice of mango in some water, then strain the water and let it cool. The mango water can then be used as an effective facial cleanser to treat acne.
10. Make a mango hair mask
Mango is often used as an ingredient in commercial hair conditioners, but here’s a way to make your own, homemade mango hair mask. Pulp the flesh of one mango and mix it with one egg yolk, a teaspoon of honey and a spoonful of natural yogurt. Apply to your hair and leave it in for about thirty minutes before washing out.
11. Lowers cholesterol
Eating mangos regularly can help to reduce your cholesterol levels. The vitamin C and pectin in the fruit, combined, help to assist your body in ridding itself of the cholesterol, especially the harmful, low-density lipoprotein.
12. Reduces dark spots and blemishes
If you make a face pack from dried mango skins, powdered and mixed with a teaspoon of natural yogurt and a teaspoon of lemon juice, the mask will, with regular use, reduce the appearance of dark spots and blemishes on the skin.
13. Mangos are a good source of iron
A glass of mango juice a day will provide you with a significant portion of the iron that your body needs and will help ward off anaemia.
14. Helps to prevent heart stroke
As well as being a refreshing and tasty drink, mango juice can also help prevent heat stroke. For the best results, squeeze out the pulp of some raw mango fruits and add it to a glass of cool water. In especially hot weather, if you drink a glass of the mango water, twice a day, it will keep you hydrated and the potassium from the mango will help to regulate your fluid levels.
15. Alkalizes the body
The tartaric acid and malic acid, found in mangos, help to maintain a healthy alkaline level in the body, which helps to prevent chronic illnesses, such as kidney disease and weakening of the bones. Maintaining healthy alkaline levels also helps with the transfer of oxygen throughout the body, so it can also provide you with extra energy.
16. Provides a boost to the immune system
The high amounts of Vitamin A and Vitamin C in mangos, help to keep your immune system strong. It also helps to maintain healthy mucosal membranes and skin, which play an important role in stopping harmful particles from entering your system.
17. Improves the memory
According to a study that was published in journal Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, mangoes contain glutamine acid that is known to promote mental alertness and increase memory functions.
18. They boost stamina
Mangoes are good for your love life too. They contain a high content of Vitamin E, which can boost stamina. They also contain potassium and magnesium, which are essential ingredients in the production of the ‘love’ hormones.
19. Improves the digestion
Mangos contain the special enzymes that are needed to break down protein, for use by the body. This, along with their high fiber content, makes them an excellent food for regulating and improving the digestive system.
20. They are great for the skin
Mangos are great for clear and youthful looking skin, both when eaten and applied topically. They contain beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A and they also contain plenty of Vitamin C, both of which are vital for the skin to be able to repair itself.
Do you like eating mangoes? What other benefits of mangoes for beauty and health do you want to add in our list?