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Juice: Tropical twist

June 2nd, 2012 by JuicyLucyJuice

Mango…dear mango,

It has to be said I was never really your biggest fan. I didn’t like your fibrous texture or the fact that you seemed to always appear sliced with a slime-like coating…There is a good ending to this tale trust me! But one day, not so long ago, I was given freshly cut mango to taste and my feelings for you changed! I suddenly tasted what it was that makes you such a special addition to any fruit bowl, I let you into my life (well my kitchen) and we have been happy ever since. I have enjoyed your tropical flavour, especially when added to Greek yoghurt with a squeeze of honey. And today you made your first appearance on my blog and in my mornings juice! You didn’t disappoint!

Much love JL x

Health Benefits of mango:

Mango has a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels. Good news!Research has also shown antioxidant compoundsincluding quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymesin mango have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. High levels of fibre, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff).

Mango is rich in vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and dry eyes.The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in mango helps to maintain alkalinityof the body.As a good source of vitamin E it is a great antioxidant and can aid in digestion and elimination due to its fibre content. Not forgetting, the generous amounts of vitamin C andA in mangos, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.

Mangos for the Skin:

Waste not want not…I found a great idea for the pulp:

Blending the juiced mango pulp and applying to the face is fast and easy. Just don’t forget a slice of cucumber for the eyes! Alternatively, after cleansing your face as normal, try using the pulp as a skin buffer. I applied and scrubbed my face with the pulp, then removed the excess. Allowed it to dry for a minute and further buffed the remainder gently with a dry muslin cloth. My skin not only smells good, but feels smooth and refreshed!

Mangos contain beta-carotene, which is converted by your body to vitamin A. That and vitamin C are crucial to skin self-repair. Leave on your skin for 5-10 minutes and rinse with luke warm water and a muslin cloth for best results.

Juice: Tropical twist:

2 cucumbers (topped and tailed)

2 hands acelga (chard in English)

1 mango (de-seeded)

1 orange (peeled)

1/2 lime squeezed

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