The King of Fruits

Mangos are the national fruit of Indian, Pakistan and the Philippines. Throughout the world India is the largest grower of mangos, and they consume most of what they produce given that the fruit has such a cultural significance within the country. As Americans, we get most of our mango supply from Mexico, Haiti, the Caribbean and South America. There are over 1,000 varieties of mangos and the fruit is grown from a tree. The tree needs hot, dry periods to be able to flourish. If given the right environment it can grow up to 130 feet tall, and typically, the tree will not bear fruit until 4-6 years after planting. Amazingly enough, trees over 300 years old have been known to still produce fruit.

Given that mangos have such a vivid color, it’s not surprising that mangos are rich in nutrients and phytochemicals. In particular, mangos are high in Vitamin A, C & E, all of which act as antioxidants in the body. Also, mangos contain a lot of fiber relative to the amount of calories in the fruit, which can help fill us up and stay comfortably full.

Digestion
Mangos are widely known to help digestion. The fruit contains digestive enzymes that help break down proteins. The high amounts of fiber not only help keep your regular, but also aid in eliminating toxins.

Cancer & Heart Disease Prevention
The high levels of antioxidants in mangos help prevent cancer and heart disease by protecting cells from free radical damage. This damage renders cells dysfunctional and accumulates with age, so it’s never too late to start eating right. The high levels of soluble fiber in mangos help reduce cholesterol by lowering our LDL levels (the bad cholesterol). It’s this bad cholesterol that clogs our arteries and can lead to heart attacks or strokes. Scientists have also linked eating lots of fiber to a lower risk of cancers in the GI tract.

Better Sex
High levels of Vitamin E help regulate our hormones and have been found to boost sex drive.

Vision
Mangos contain up to 25% of our daily Vitamin A intake, which helps our eyes stay healthy.

HOW WE LIKE THEM:
Mangos are best cut up fresh. Try sticking a fork in one end, peel the skin off like you would a banana, and dig in. Most mangos are ripe during the summer months, but many grown in South America are grown in non-summer months and imported to the U.S.

We also love mangos in our shakes and smoothies. Frozen mango pieces make a delicious dessert. Grab a few straight from the freezer. They’re just as sweet as ice cream, but ten times healthier!

OTHER USES:
Mangos are reportedly great for unclogging pores in the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Some people may have an adverse reaction to the skin so be careful.