Treating yourself to a mango is a perfect way to add some sunshine to your routine. A mango is more than just a sweet, delicious fruit. It has properties beneficial to skin, including water-soluble vitamins like B2, B3, B6, folic acid (B9), and C. Mango is also a good source of beta-carotene and vitamin A.
Vitamin B complex delays skin’s aging process. B vitamins provide a healthy glow, increased tone, and hydrated cells. The anti-inflammatory properties in B3 help skin retain moisture, alleviating dryness and irritation.
Vitamin C protects against the DNA damage that leads to skin cancer. This powerful antioxidant reduces the wrinkling effects of free radical damage, and combats other signs of aging by strengthening collagen and elastin.
Beta-carotene gives mango its wonderful orange color and has an important role in protecting our skin’s DNA. Dry, flaky skin can be remedied with the vitamin A derived from beta-carotene, which is important for repairing and maintaining healthy skin. Vitamin A has also been shown to help reduce and clear acne breakouts.
Other beneficial nutrients found in mango include magnesium, phosphorus, silica, sulfur, and vitamin E. These nutrients each play a role in strengthening the connective tissue in our body, including skin, bone, hair, nails, and muscle.
Mango is not just beneficial to skin. Its nutrients reduce high blood pressure, the risk of stroke, and the chance of contracting heart disease. Mango also contains approximately 20 percent of the recommended dietary intake of fiber and enzymes, which promote healthy digestion.
Mango is especially helpful for long, dry winters, but you can enjoy it at any time of year. It will help you maintain smooth skin and a healthy glow.
Magical Mango by Shelly Burns