Mangoes tend to be one of the more expensive fruit choices; a treat that is well worth the expense.
We can trace the origins of mangoes back to the sub-continent of India, with a documented history dating back more than 4,000 years. Legend has it Buddha treasured the peace and serenity experienced in the mango grove. Mangoes have taken on the mantel in India as a symbol of life itself and mangoes are worthy of this status for very good reasons.
Mangoes contain powerful antioxidants, as I am sure you are aware antioxidants mop up and neutralise free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for so much damage promoting cancer, accelerating the aging process and degeneration, so when we neutralise free radicals we slow the rust; the aging process.
Mangoes contain phenols; this compound (phenolic) is a very effective antioxidant, mangoes are also good for the skin, purging clogged pores, the source of many skin conditions, they aid digestion and are a rich source of fibre, balancing digestion acid levels.
Mangoes are a rich source of selenium that supports the cardiovascular system, potassium, which can help reduce blood pressure risk, vitamin E, A (beta-carotene), vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, iron and magnesium. In summary mangoes contain over half our daily needs for vitamin A and almost all of our daily need for vitamin C.
Mangoes could be described as the king among fruit to promote general good health, low in calories, high in antioxidants, fibre, and a nutritious all-rounder.