the health benefits of our tropical fruits
Fibre is an important part of anyone's diet. It can help regulate and maintain a healthy digestive system which in turn helps prevent colon cancer and other digestive disorders. It can also help you to stay fuller for longer and prevent heart disease, weight gain and diabetes.
Exotic fruits from the Tropics include some of the highest fibre fruits, such as mangoes and particularly guavas. Bananas are also a fantastic high fibre fruit so why not combine these and try our Guavalicious smoothie which consists of pure guava and banana goodness in a bottle, with none of the fibre filtered out.
vitamins & minerals
Forget your mutli-vitamin pills and enjoy the real thing! Many multi-vitamin pills are packed with other chemicals or substances that our bodies don't really want or need e.g. talc.
Drinking a different smoothie each day, like Mango & The Beets, provides you with a powerful array of natural vitamins and minerals harvested and captured in their most pure, raw state - the way nature intended. This allows your body to absorb more of the goodness whilst enjoying the delicious taste!
When it comes to your health, you can't go wrong with fruit and vegetables. But green vegetables may give an extra boost to your heart. These are high in carotenoids, which act as antioxidants and free your body of potentially harmful compounds.
They're also high in fibre and contain tons of vitamins and minerals. Why not try our Mango Kaleada smoothie which captures the lovely leafy goodness of kale. Kale also contains some omega-3 fatty acids which are great for brain function and helping to fight against cardiovascular disease.
energy & vitality
Coconuts (classed as a fruit, nut or seed) are one of the many wonderous tropical fruits that contain hydrating sugars, minerals and electrolytes.
These help keep a good balance of chemicals needed to allow the electrical charges in our bodies to work properly. This includes thinking, heart beating, moving and seeing. Why not try our fresh, flavourful, hydrating smoothie - Mango Caliente!
Coconut water can be a better sports hydration drink than any commercially available sugary sports drinks, and is both sterile and an isotonic beverage. This means it has the same electrolyte consistency of human blood, which enabled medics in the Pacific Theater in World War II to use it as an emergency substitute for blood plasma.
We all know that tennis players like to enjoy a banana in the middle of the match, because of the fantastic and fast energy it provides.
These fruits convert their sucrose into glucose and fructose which lowers insulin. The result of this is that blood sugar levels become stabilised and energy levels stay up!
To prevent diabetes and pre-diabetes through your diet it is a good idea to avoid foods that have a high GI score. Happily most fruits are low or medium so won’t raise our blood sugar and helps us avoid blood sugar spikes.
Passionfruit fruit (or granadilla) has gained popularity over the last few years due to its medicinal properties. Recent research has shown that this exotic fruit may help in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, by decreasing insulin resistance and regulating blood sugar levels.
Try our Mango Caliente which is bursting with passionfruity goodness!
stronger & fitter
Many people often think that tropical fruits are naturally high in sugar and fat, but they couldn't be more wrong. Tropical fruits such as pineapple, bananas, coconuts and mangoes are actually some of the lowest glycemic foods out there and some of the most nutrient-dense. For example, pineapple has less sugar per serving than an apple, and bananas are lower on the glycemic index than sweet potatoes.
Inflammation is the root cause of all disease. Essentially all chronic diseases have the same trigger: inflammation. It has been linked to everything from heart attacks and strokes to Alzheimer's disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Many lifestyle-linked diseases are often the cause of poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, poor environment and gum disease, all of which stem from chronic low-grade inflammation.
If you suffer from ongoing, irritating pain in the body (joints & muscles), allergies or asthma, high blood pressure or blood sugar problems, ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome (constipation or diarrhea), constant fatigue or lethargy you may want to re-think your diet, and start eating foods that can help these conditions go away. Starting with this smoothie is a great way to help improve the inflammatory state of your body, try our Mango Caliente, Mango & The Beets and Mango Kaleada!
Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which helps reduce CD4+T lymphocytes in the body (primary effectors involved in the inflammatory response). Ginger is also a wonderful anti-inflammatory, thanks to their inflammation-scavenging compounds called gingerols. Fruits like mango are also great to help cleanse out excess mucus in the body and improve bowel movements - in fact, the digestive tract is the main area of the body where the inflammatory response takes place. Keeping a clean digestive tract is therefore very crucial to help reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body.
Tropical fruits, like most fruits, are high in antioxidants. These help to neutralise the free radicals that form during the normal process of oxidation that takes place continuously as your body metabolises oxygen.
Free radicals are bad as they can damage healthy cells and have been shown to promote cancerous growths, asthma attacks, heart disease, and hardening and plaque build-up in the arteries. They can also contribute to joint pain and arthritis inflammation.
Beets are loaded with antioxidants, which we pack into our Mango & The Beets smoothie. Naturally sweet, full of fibre and vitamin C, beets are both delicious and packed with nutrients.