Belonging to the same plant family as cashews and pistachios, fossilized remains of mangos dating back as much as 30 million years have been discovered in the Himalayas! Their seeds traveled from Asia to the Middle East nearly 2000 years ago along ancient trade routes. Mangos play an important role in Ayurvedic medicine for their many healing properties. The whole mango has been used medicinally for thousands of years, from the seed and leaves to the bark of the plant, to fight aging and enhance virility.
The latest studies find that the high content of phytonutrients in the mango inhibit the development of certain cancers, especially colon cancer, and exhibit strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Recent research also shows that children and adults who consume mango on a regular basis are significantly healthier than those who do not. Another laboratory study suggests that mangos may help reduce body fat and blood glucose levels.
Mangos are considered a ‘super food,’ with extraordinary levels of vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber, amino acids, flavonoids, and enzymes. The powerful antioxidants in mangos help fight the aging process. Mangos also assist in decreasing bad cholesterol. They’re extremely low in cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fats.
The rich mineral content of the mango includes potassium, copper, iron, selenium, zinc and manganese. Vitamins C, K, B-complex compounds, and E are also present.
Mangos are especially rich in phytonutrients such as quercitin which have been shown to help maintain optimum health. All these nutrients seems to work together to inhibit appetite, lower the possibility of stroke, decrease stress levels, and help produce hormones which increase sexual performance.
Delicious Juice Recipes
- 2 Mangos - with the skin
- 3-4 leaves of any green (Kale, Wheatgrass, etc.)
- Juice these ingredients, then blend with 1 Avocado
Coconut Mango Pineapple
- 1 Mango
- 1/4 Coconut meat & water
- 1/4 whole Pineapple – without the skin