Sitting high up in the mango tree in the back yard eating mangos. Can there ever be a more simple joy? Today’s post is about Mangoes. They contain a lot of tryptophan, which helps in the formation of the ‘happiness-hormone’ serotonin. It’s like eating PURE JOY!
Recipe for Happiness:
- 1 mango, pitted and diced (leave skin on! It’s so good for you)
- ½ cup mixed berries
- 1-2 Tbsp cold coconut cream
- 1 Cup of coconut water
- 2 Tsp cinnamon
Mangoes for Beauty
Eating a fruit so beautiful can only lead to a more beautiful inside and outside of you! Mango is high in vitamins A and C and is excellent at getting rid of blemishes and scars.
Vitamin A is a powerful, rejuvenating antioxidant and a fighter against acne. It works by opening and relieving clogged pores.
Aside from fending off acne, vitamin A replenishes dull skin making your skin’s complexion fair, soft and shining.
Vitamin C is the leader in collagen formation, keeping your skin firm and happy.
The B vitamins in mangoes also strengthen hair, amazing.
Lastly, if you don’t want to wear glasses, vitamin A will keep your eyes healthy and strong.
Mangoes for Memory
Did you know that mangoes contain glutamine? Glutamine is known to keep brain cells active leaving you with an improve memory.
Mangoes for Health
1 cup of mango will run you about 100 calories. That’s hardly anything for a filling treat. Plus they are naturally fat free!
Aside from vitamins C and A, they are also loaded with other nutrients such as: vitamin B6, vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium.
Mangoes as Antioxidants
Mangoes are also rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, which help to protect the body against free radical damage warding off cancer formation and signs of aging.
Mangoes for Your Gut
Mangoes have all of that nutrient goodness and also contain pectin, a soluble dietary fiber which is amazing for your GI tract. They even have digestive enzymes that help break down protein and therefore help improve digestion.
Eat Mango Skin
Mango skin is rich in AHA (alpha hydroxyl acids) which acts as an exfoliant and rejuvenator. AHA also aids in a more rapid cell turnover rate, making skin look fresher and younger every day.
Some compounds in the mango skin even help fight some metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
Fun Mango Facts:
- The plural of mango is either mangos or mangoes.
- You can rub the skin of the mango directly on your skin for added beauty benefits.
- Eating mangoes with greens will allow your body to better absorb iron from the greens.
- A ripe mango can still be green, choose by a sweet smell and a little softness.
- Mangoes are moderately alkaline forming foods.
“A Mango a day keeps the Doctor away!” I know, I know…but I prefer the taste of a mango to an apple.
Until next time…
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