Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tuesday Roots Mango

I loved mango season when i was growing up because it would bloom in large groups. That basically means there was alway a lot to go around, if you had a mango tree or knew a neighbor who had one. It is naturally sweet and not to mention they taste delicious in smoothies. Which I will share a great recipe using mangoes later in this post. Besides that
mangos are rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene and vitamin C. This boost immune defenses as well as protects against cell damages & disease. This fruit is also a great source of insoluble fiber which has a cleansing action on the bowel and can help prevent certain diseases.

Now your diet is an important role in the prevention and management of symptoms or allergic conditions. So incorporating mangoes will help with conditions like asthma, candida, coughs, chicken pox, chronic fatigue syndrome, eczema, sore throat, ear infections, cancer, and celiac disease.

Why and how is this possible you say. Mangoes have beta-carotene which is an antioxidant that can protect the body against free radicals. It protects your skin and the lining of the intestines, lungs, nose, and throat. You can also find this in all brightly colored fruits and vegetables such as cantaloupe, green leafy vegetable or red bell pepper.

Now another essential nutrient that is found in mangoes is vitamin C. Vitamin C is great because it is anti-allergenic, antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, antioxidant, and antiviral. So if you have a wound it will improve the healing process. Did I mention it is great for the metabolism. Vitamin C has essential fatty acids (EFAS) needed for the metabolism. It is unsaturated fats that are converted into prostaglandins which regulate white blood cells. Hence ensuring a good immune system. You can find the same properties in citrus fruits, green bell pepper, guava, kiwi, parsley and many more.

Here is a smoothie recipe that I found in "Superfoods for Healthy Kids"
•6 ice cubes
•2 kiwi fruit, peeled
•1 mango, peeled & chopped
Handful of mint
1 cup of filtered water

Blend well in your blender and enjoy. Hope this help you as always live, love, and learn.

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