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Surprise, mangoes are actually a superfood

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Avocados have been enjoying the spotlight for years, but a new trend in fruit and vegetables is emerging and it’s time for mangoes to have their moment. Not only is the stone fruit a sweet treat, its list of benefits are as high as a mango tree. Yup, mangoes grow on trees. We checked.

I recently met with my doctor and she instructed me to increase my intake of potassium-rich foods. Admittedly, the only food I knew of that contained potassium is bananas, but she directed me towards the wonder fruit mangoes. Not only are mangoes full of potassium, they’re packed with other benefits as well. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a mango can also help you skip the dermatologist and your second cup of coffee. Here are just some of the benefits of the King of Fruit.

They can lower your blood pressure

If you look up ‘mangoes and blood pressure’ the results are impressive. Mangoes are high in fiber and beta-carotene, with both factors important in lowering a person’s blood pressure, especially the latter.

They can help you skip the vitamins

Forgot to take your daily vitamin? Grab a mango instead. The tropical fruit is full of calcium, high in vitamins A, B6, C, and K, as well as vitamin E, which is great for anyone looking to boost their sex hormones and improve their sex life. Mangoes are also great for pregnant women because of their high iron content and folic acid. Those last two facts may be related.

They help reduce fatigue and depression

Speaking of all the vitamins in a mango, the contents of the fruit are great for people who suffer from depression or have difficulty sleeping. Mangoes contain zinc, magnesium, potassium, folic acid and B-complex vitamins, with this combination helping to decrease tension, which helps aid in depression and fatigue.

They combat strokes, cancer and diabetes

They only thing we don’t understand about mangoes is why they aren’t handed out in doctor’s offices around the world. The super fruit is packed with vitamins and components that are anti-diabetic and full of antioxidants that aid in the prevention of breast and colon cancer. As for the vitamin B in mangoes, it helps reduce the risk of strokes in people who eat the sweet fruit regularly.

They’re a beauty secret

Mangoes are great for both your skin and hair. Not only do they give skin a fresh glow, mangoes also help open pores and fight acne. To make things even more effective, putting mango skin on your face for 10 minutes can help with the appearance of acne. Take that, expensive face masks! As for your hair, the vitamin A in mangoes helps grow healthy hair and vitamin C contains collagen, which is great for hair and skin.

They’re good for your stomach

Mangoes help with digestion, decrease acidity in the stomach, and enhance appetite. Thanks to their high content of water and fiber, mangoes will also ward off constipation.

They are the perfect addition to summertime meals

So, how do you get these amazing mangoes in your belly? There are many delicious ways to eat mangoes and now is the best time to add them to your diet since they help boost your immune system and can ward off sickness when cold and flu season hits.  You can always eat the fruit raw or add them to other foods. Try these Easy Mango Muffins, which are great for breakfast or a midday snack. Looking for a fresh and light lunch or dinner? We suggest this delicious Thai Mango Salad or this super easy mango avocado sushi role:

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