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Mangoes are Magnificent! | Gunjan Mittal

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MangoAs the temperature rises, one thing that I think of is mangoes. I love this summer fruit. Apart from being sweet it is a nutrient-packed fruit, extremely rich in minerals, antioxidant vitamins and enzymes. I guess that’s why it’s is called, “king of fruits”.

One 100g mango provides:
  • Around 50 percent of daily vitamin C
  • More than 50 percent of daily vitamin A
  • A good amount of dietary fibre (60 percent insoluble fibre, and 40 percent soluble fibre)
Health Promoting Effects

Health promoting effects of mangoes come from its rich content of nutrients, bioactive compounds and fibre.

Lipid and Blood Glucose Lowering Effect

According to some studies, mangoes contain nutrients and other bioactive compounds that provide various health benefits. The findings demonstrated mango flesh to be a promising alternative to lipid lowering drugs. Mango was seen to affect several factors involved in fat metabolism as it reduces the circulating level of the hormone leptin. Leptin is produced by fat cells and its concentration in the blood is directly proportional to the body fat content. As body fat stores increase, the levels of leptin also increase. Leptin plays a key role in regulation of appetite. In addition to the positive effects of mango on body fat, the mango-containing diets also exhibited glucose lowering properties.

The high levels of fibre, pectin and vitamin C also help lower serum LDL cholesterol levels. Mango is rich in potassium which helps in controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

Anti-Cancer Effect

A study also suggested that mango polyphenols limit inflammatory response in both cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells. The antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, chest, leukemia and prostate cancers.

Alkalinising Effect

Tartaric acid, malic acid and traces of citric acid found in mangoes help to maintain the alkalinity of the body. Enzymes in the fruit also help digestion. The fibre too helps digestion and elimination. The raw mango acts as a coolant in summers. Juice of the green mango helps cool down the body and prevents sun stroke.

Metabolically Healthy Effect

Mangoes are rich in minerals like copper, manganese and zinc. Copper acts as a co-factor for many important vital enzymes and is essential for production of red blood cells in the body.

Rich with Antioxidants

Antioxidants help cell rejuvenation and repair. They help fight cancer, detoxify the skin and also prevent acne. These antioxidants help delay skin aging and pigmentation.

Rich in Vitamin A and Beta Carotene

Being rich is vitamin A – a very important vitamin for eyes – helps protect eyesight. Both these vitamins help the skin tremendously. They reduce dark spots and blemishes and rejuvenate and revive the skin, bringing back a healthy glow. Vitamin A is a vital nutrient for maintaining a healthy skin and complexion as well as the integrity of mucous membranes.

High Amount of Fibre and Vitamin C

Vitain C helps control cholesterol levels by eliminating the Low Density Lipoprotein. Vitamin C is very good for skin. It helps heal any blemishes and provides a clear and glowing complexion. Fibres help in good bowel movement and this in turn helps increase metabolic rate.

That’s not all, along with numerous health benefits, mangoes are packed with beauty enhancing properties as well. Let’s look at some more benefits of Mangoes and how you can put them as part of beauty routine:

  • Mango skin is a great de-tanning agent. You can rub your face and hands with the skin of a ripe or raw mango and apply some milk cream on it. Wash off with cold water after 10 to 15 minutes. Doing this at least twice or thrice a week will reduce tanning drastically. Regular consumption of mangoes provides you with a fair and smooth skin.
  • Mango skin is also beneficial in reducing dark spots. For this purpose, you can make a powder from the sun dried mango skin and mix it with a teaspoon of yoghurt. Using this as a face pack will reduce dark spots, blemishes and add a golden glow to your complexion.
  • This might appear a bit surprising, but mangoes can be used to remove blackheads. For this purpose, prepare a scrub by mixing a teaspoon of mango pulp, half a teaspoon of milk or milk powder and honey. Rub it all over your face in circular motion. This will help in removing dead skin and blackheads, thus adding a glow to your face.
  • Raw mango juice is an excellent astringent that can remove acne. You can boil a slice of a baby mango or raw mango in water and use this water on your face as an acne remover.
  • To cleanse your skin, take a teaspoon of wheat flour and add mango pulp to it. This acts as a perfect cleanser by reaching your pores and cleaning them from deep within.
  • You can prepare an exfoliating mask by blending ¼ of a peeled mango, two spoons of whole milk, powdered almonds and crushed oats in a blender. Apply this on your face and neck for 20 minutes and rinse in lukewarm water.
  • Hydrating Mango Face Pack. Prepare this pack for moisturising the skin by making a smooth paste with the pulp of ripe mango and fuller’s earth. Apply this pack on the face and leave it for 15 minutes the scrub lightly in circular motions and wash off the pack with water.
  • Mango and egg facial. This is another very beneficial pack to achieve a glowing skin. Add a whisked egg white to the mango pulp and add a few drops of honey. Apply this on the face and neck and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse it with cold water with a mild face wash to remove the smell of the egg.

Now that you all know so much about mangoes, go get some and gain as you enjoy this amazing fruit!

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