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Mango: Five Health And Beauty Benefits Of Fruit

14/08/2014 16:43 | Updated 20 May 2015

Mango - not just a yummy fruit delicious eaten on its own, in salad or as part of a sweet, but seriously good for your health. And, from March to May every year it's Alphonso season - AKA the time the best tasting mangoes are harvested.

So, here's five health and beauty benefits of the fruit - you won't regret popping a few in your trolley after reading this...

Mangos for sale at the Municipal market

1. They boost the immune system. Mangoes are rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, as well as containing a mammoth 25 different kinds of carotenoids which keep the system super healthy. If you're feeling a little bit rundown or going through a stressful time at work, add mango to your diet to keep immunity strong.

2. They improve digestion. Like papaya, mango contains enzymes that break down protein and thus help your body to process food. If you have digestion problems, a mango now and again could make a big difference and ease discomfort.

3. They can increase your sex drive. Yes, really! Mangoes are rich in vitamin E which according to studies can boost your libido. As well as this, they're rich in natural sugar but a low GI fruit, so if you need a sweet fix they won't send your blood sugar levels soaring.

4. They're great for your complexion. Want glowing skin? Eating mango is a fantastic start. The fruit is rich in anti-ageing anti-oxidants, rejuvenating vitamin A and can be rubbed directly onto the skin as a natural moisturiser. If you'd rather stick to your regular beauty regime, just pop some in your fruit salad or porridge.

5. They're a great addition to any healthy eating plan. According to a study conducted by researchers in Australia in 2012, the fruit can help you stay slim - if you eat the skin as well as the fruit. They found it appeared to "inhibit the development of human fat cells". We wouldn't recommend it as a quick fix, but definitely a fruit to add to your diet.

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