Mango or Mangifera belongs to the Anacardiaceae family. This tropical, sweet, sweet and very orange fruit is native to South Asia, India.
Its tree can reach 40 m high.
In France, there are many varieties of mango, of various colors: yellow, green and red.
After bananas, mango is the most popular exotic fruit.
You can enjoy the mango and its virtues all year round.
Mango, for the record:
The mango tree is native to India. It has been cultivated for 4,000 years by Buddhist monks. It is also very popular with Hindus, because it is under a mango tree that Buddha was meditating. In addition, the mango tree is a sign of love and friendship for them.
Then it was from the 16th century that the mango arrived in Africa, then in America.
It only spread in Europe very late, around the 18th century.
Mango and health, benefits and virtues:
The mango is provided with provitamin A, beta-carotene (4000 micrograms / 100g), pigment which is involved in color vision. Thus the mango prevents the degeneration of photoreceptors and therefore AMD which affects the elderly.
Mango is great for the eyes.
Mango also provides an interesting amount of vitamins C (44 mg / 100g),
essential vitamin for the body. It contributes in particular to the body's defenses and to the production of red blood cells.
Mango is recommended as a treatment for scurvy, a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency.
It is also a source of vitamins from group B, of pro vitamin A especially beta-carotene, iron (1 mg / 100g) which prevents anemia especially in women after menstruation and during pregnancy. But also copper (0.100 mg / 100g) which stimulates the production of red blood cells, red blood cells that fix oxygen. Other essential minerals like sodium, magnesium and calcium are provided.
Mango contains anti-oxidants, which fight against free radicals and cellular aging. They also prevent the onset of cancer and cardiovascular disease by reducing the level of bad cholesterol.
In addition, the mango holds anti-inflammatory properties, it can thus relieve respiratory inflammation (asthma) and joint inflammation (arthritis).
Mango is excellent for weightloss. Not only does it provide 56 kcal / 100 g, but it is also an excellent appetite suppressant, and it reduces cholesterol levels. It can therefore be part of the diet of diabetics.
Mango takes care of your liver. It stimulates bile secretions and purifies the gastric and hepatic tracts.
This exotic fruit is also a diuretic, it prevents dehydration because mango contains 83% water. It also helps digestion and facilitates transit, thanks to the presence of fiber (1.8 g). Against constipation problems, mango is a very good laxative.
> Internal use:
Infusion with mango tree roots: excellent as a diuretic.
The mango bark is astringent. In herbal tea, it can stop bleeding, it strengthens the phenomenon of coagulation.
The bark is also effective as a treatment for hemorrhoids.
In decoction, the bark of the mango tree relieves painful teeth and gums.
The kernel of the mango contains an almond, which is used to eliminate intestinal parasites, it is an excellent vermifuge.
Internal use: Crush the almond and obtain an effective powder.
- Mango leaves also have the following properties: antiseptics, antipyretics, anti-hemorrhagics. They are also effective in the event of scorpion or insect bites.
Mango leaf infusion: to lower fever
Inhale the leaves: Burn the leaves and inhale the fumes.
Caution: Mango can cause drug interactions, especially with anticoagulants.
Mango in cooking:
Mango is eaten as a dessert, plain, in fruit salad, in pie.
In a smoothie, juice, sorbet or mousse, it is very refreshing.
It accompanies and colors your starters as well as your fish, your duck breast.
> Gourmet ideas:
On a skewer, the pieces of mango mixed with shrimps and prawns.
Fried, the mango goes very well with scallops and honey.
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Mango, beauty tip:
The mango is also a real partner in cosmetology, it takes care of your skin. It has nourishing and hydrating properties, prevents cellular aging and protects the skin from the sun.
A natural mask to hydrate the skin : Blend half a mango and mix with a teaspoon of olive oil. Apply on the face, let stand 10 min and rinse.
A scrub: Mix half a mango, add two tablespoons of honey, and coarse salt. Perfect for removing dead skin.
The butter extracted from the kernel of the mango is a treasure for your dry and damaged hair. It nourishes them, hydrates them to the tips.
Use the inner side of the mango skin, to rub on your skin and thus the gum, moisturize it and tighten the pores thanks to its astringent properties.
The mango kernel is also a very good exfoliant.
Smart tip about mango:
Storing the mango: Do not place it in the refrigerator but in a cool place.
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