Most people, especially in the western world, are mesmerized by mangos as the number one tropical fruit. Whether they’re dried, cut up, raw, or even cooked, it is a fruit that is enjoyed and loved by all for its sweet, succulent flavor and fruity interior. But did you know that most of the beneficial aspects of mangos come from the skin, rather than the meat itself, and that this does wonders for your body and skin?
For instance, one of the main ingredients in mango skin is resveratrol, which is also present in red wine and helps lower the cholesterol in the body. Other active ingredients in mangos help modulate important receptor molecules known as PPARs (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors), which are very important in controlling fatty compounds and glucose levels in the bloodstream, and are therefore also helpful in fighting metabolic diseases such as diabetes, some forms of cancer, and life-threatening heart conditions.
Of course, while fighting these harmful ailments are of utmost importance to those suffering from them, many of you are probably wondering about how mango skin helps your skin.
More than a bitter exterior
One of the main vitamins found in mango skins is vitamin C, which helps keep your skin looking healthy, radiant and glowing. One of the added perks of the increased supply of vitamin C you’ll get from mangos is that it also supports the body’s defense against pimples and acne, and also functions as a skin moisturizer, leaving skin feeling clear and refreshed. Another problem that is commonly cured by a healthy intake of vitamin C from mangos is dark spots. Dark spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, are usually skin problems associated with individuals in their middle ages, can also be formed as a post-inflammatory response to acne, and leaves the skin looking blotchy and unevenly toned. Therefore, a proper consumption of mangos will reduce the appearance of dark spots on the skin and give your face a lighter, even color.
Mango peels are also plentiful in anthocyanins, which are phytochemical (biological compound synthesized in plants) antioxidants that both fight free radicals that destroy skin cells and defend collagen in the skin from being damaged, giving your skin a supple, firm complexion. Further beneficial ingredients in mangos that have direct benefits to your skin are vitamin A and beta-carotene, which both help fight free radicals and also help reduce dark spots on the skin. While the body naturally converts beta-carotene into vitamin A (also known as retinol), a bountiful supply of both will aid in strengthening the mucous membrane linings surrounding most of your bodily organs as well as your skin, keeping you looking young and lively both above and below the surface of your skin.
Of course, most of these benefits are found in the skin of the mango. This means that you must eat them WITH their skins in order to get the maximum benefit! Thankfully, due to the high sugar content of the meaty part of the succulent tropical fruit, you’ll barely taste a thing when you’re biting in and absorbing all of those anti-aging acne fighting vitamins and antioxidants to keep you, and your skin, looking at its best to enjoy the final fleeting moments of summer.
So go eat some mangos!