We are in mango season in South Africa and we are spoilt with different varieties of delicious mangoes. The mango is considered a tropical fruit and is a fleshy, juicy fruit. It is tropical because it grows in the warm tropics and is sensitive to even the lightest frost and cold.
Mangoes are both filling and hydrating, thanks to the high levels of fibre in the flesh of the fruit. This fibre also aids our digestive system. A well functioning digestive system is crucial for optimum health, strong immune system and healthy, glowing skin.
The varying nutrients in mangoes are good for different aspects of healthy skin. Vitamin A aids in the renewal and protection of new skin cells. Vitamin E protects skin from damage from UV rays, it also promotes hair growth and healthy scalp.
Vitamin C is important in the formation of collagen, which works with elastin to keep skin looking youthful, firm and plump.
The presence of the combinations of Vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene in mangoes makes them an excellent source of antioxidants that heal the skin and give skin a healthy complexion and glow. Antioxidants neautralise free radicals that damage skin cells that leads to fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature ageing.
Beta-carotene and carotenoids give mangoes their orange colour, which the body makes into Vitamin A, which assists with eyesight.
Mangoes also contain the copper mineral, which is important for the production of melanin, for our skin pigment.
Mangoes are an alkalising food due to their having citric, tartaric, and malic acids. The body needs an alkaline environment for blood and cells to function at their best. Most ripe fruits and vegetables assist in making the body alkaline once metabolized.
The added benefit of a fruit like mango is that you can eat the skin of the fruit. The skin is also highly nutritious with high antioxidant and anticancer properties. The skin of a mango is also high in fibre, which is good for our digestive system; in fact a mango peel is 45 – 80% fibre! Just make sure to wash the peel well before eating it.
One of our favourite truths about mangoes is that they are bursting with B Vitamins, which give us natural energy, who wouldn’t do with added levels of energy for the goals we are chasing as a #GirlBoss