Ageless Skin With Mango And Kiwi Fruit
July 22nd, 2011
Mango has always been that gorgeous fruit I spot strolling past the produce stands in summer months. Imagine that first succulent bite with the juices flowing in rivulets down your chin. It is tropical satisfaction at its ripest. Known as the “king of fruits,” you get the multitude of benefits when you include this ambrosia as a regular part of your diet. Of course keep in mind, it’s always best to choose organic foods that in are in season for optimal healthy results for your body and skin. I don’t know who gave it the “king” title, but I can personally say it’s well-deserved.
This regal fruit has origins in the foothills of the Himalayas dating back to 4000 B.C. Today there are 1000 varieties worldwide, some of which can be found throughout tropics of Central and South America, African and Arabian countries. There are several varieties in Nicaragua alone, where one type is endearingly named for that lovely female reproductive organ. Speaking of organs, mango has enzymes that assist in the digestion of protein—in India a concoction made from the skin minimizes stomach inflammation due to indigestion. From the flesh to the peel there are amazing health benefits in this single fruit.
When it comes to health of your skin, you can rely on the antioxidant properties in mango to prevent damage from free radicals floating in the pollutant haze of daily city life. Yes, daily servings of this fruit will reduce the premature aging effects on your skin from exposure to the usual suspects: environmental chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, food additives and preservatives. If you ever get your hands on a jar of mango cocoa butter it is the supreme moisturizer for skin that diminishes redness due to inflammation, dryness, blemishes and scarring like nothing you’ve experienced in full body skincare. You can make your own at home using melted organic cocoa butter and adding essence of mango oil. Let it cool to solid form—it’s truly amazing stuff. And if you’re looking for a way to naturally unclog your pores you can use the pulp of an organic mango as a 15-minute mask that will do the trick. Considering that a cup of sliced mango has 11% of vitamin B6, 12% of fiber, and 80% of the daily requirements, it’s no small wonder why mango is the “king” that is recommended for managing weight loss and overall good health.
This little fuzzy brown fruit was originally found along the Yangtze River valley. It has the most complex blend of water soluble vitamin C and E of any other fruit contributing to the healthy elasticity and collagen production for youthful looking skin. The University of Maryland Medical Center has conducted research proving the ability of vitamin E to significantly decrease the wrinkles and fine lines that make the face look aged. It can naturally soften lines and smooth over those areas of the skin for even tone. The vitamin C is what helps your body continue to build collagen as you age to avoid the signs of aging prematurely. Kiwi also has lycopene as one of it core properties, a rich antioxidant that, like mango, can also shield your skin from the onslaught of free radicals. When stepping out into the summer sun you also have reliable protection from UV solar damage available in regular servings of this tasty fruit that will boost your sunscreen’s function.
One thing to keep in mind if you’re prone to allergies: actinidin, an enzyme that dissolves protein, is generally responsible for allergic reactions to kiwi. The bright side is that you can eat the skin which is an abundant source of fiber. According to the Environmental Workers Group in 2003, kiwi was declared one of 12 fruits that is the least contaminated by herbicides and pesticides, so you can get away with not buying this one organic. This is something to bear in mind when buying skincare products with the fruit as an active ingredient. Some of the most effective skin care boasts contents with the little fury fruit as the major one.
Antropia Luna has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC and trekking the national museum scene freelance.