Mango for Skin
Mango is not called “king of all fruits” just for nothing. Apart from the fact that it is the most delectable treat to the taste buds, it is also loaded with vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants, all of which are good for the skin. Mangoes are high in fibre but low in calories and sodium. It is also rich in vitamin A and has good amounts of vitamins B and C as well as Potassium, Calcium and Iron.
Skin Benefits of Mangoes:
- Fights acne: Beta carotenes in mangoes convert to vitamin A also has dramatic effects on acne (pimples).
- Fairer skin: Beta carotenes in mangoes have a strong anti ageing effect due to high contents of beta carotenes. In addition, the vitamin C in mangoes help lay down collagen. Mangoes are a great way to reduce dark spots, acne scars and pigmentation.
- Exfoliation: Mango pulp when applied on the skin along with glycerine or honey, helps in exfoliation of the dead skin layer and hence helps achieve a smooth supple glowing skin.
- Skin Peeling: We are all aware of chemical peels and the benefits on the skin. Raw mango pulp is high in AHA ( alpha hydroxyl acid) and Vitamin C, both of which are excellent skin peeling agents. Vitamin A is the greatest vitamin friend to good skin and its deficiency can cause dull skin, open pores as well as horny eruptions on the arms, elbows and knees (keratosis pilaris)
- Fights cancer: Due to its richness in antioxidants, mangoes are known to prevent breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and even blood cancer.
- Fights obesity: Most people believe that mangoes are very fattening. However, the lesser known fact is that high content of fibre and also vitamin C, helps break down lipoproteins in body, increases metabolic rate and helps regularize bowel movements. Hence it also prevents diabetes and stroke.
- Hair benefits: the seed of mango (the soft part after breaking the outer hard seed) when kept in oil (any) for a few days, it helps fight hair loss and grey hair. When mixed with fenugreek and yoghurt, it is an excellent home remedy for dandruff.
- Happy hormone: Mangos contain also a lot of tryptophan which helps in the formation of the “happiness hormone” serotonin. It is thus called a happy fruit.
- Mango is high in iron, pregnant women and people with anaemia are advised to eat this fruit regularly.