By Karimah bint Dawoud, Muslim chaplain & wellbeing writer
This juice is inspired by the teaching and practice of Sistah In The Raw and Professor Aris Latham, May The Creator guide, bless and protect them.
Moona and the Magic Mangoes
Once there was and once there was not, a beautiful kind hearted young woman called Moona, who shared what she knew of good and right knowledge to benefit her family, friends and strangers in need.
Because of this generous heart, she was always being given things; lovely things, beautiful things, wonderful things, and one sunny day she was given a box of 17 mangoes.
Well, being the kind soul she was , mashallah ( the way The Creator made her), she gave 3 three away on her way to the car , then she stopped on the way home and gave 3 three more to a sistar friend, and then back home she bumped into some new neighbours who introduced themselves and volunteered to carry the box of mango for her to her house, in return for their kindness she gave them 3 three more mangoes then she gave another neighbour 1 one, so how many mangoes where left ?………….there seemed to be 7 or was it 8 or 9 mangoes were left which was more than there should be.
Was it a box of magic mangoes than never ran out ? Or maybe she just wasn’t s so good at maths but you can’t be good at everything, can you?
7 seven, succulent, juicy mangoes sat in the kitchen and what was she to do with them. Blessed by The Creator with good ideas and good friends, because good friends are channels for good ideas, she knew exactly what to do.
Moona’s Mango juice is inspired by Professor Aris’ notion that things that grow near each other go together, hence the tropical combination of mango and lime, and Moona’s friend, Sistah In The Raw, who is a ginger freak; ginger in this and ginger in that, gingerbread men and a ginger Tom cat.
So Moona added ginger and lime to cut up mango pieces and blended them all together in a big jug blender, taking care not to waste anything. She even put all the peelings and mango seeds in a bowl for the compost heap at the community garden.
Now mangoes are sweet and their juice is thick, so thick, you need to water it down, 50% water , 50% juice.Its one of juices that you will want more, because its home made you can regulate the water in it making it less sweet than shop bought juices.Its great with dates , little power house of vitamins and mineral, enjoy my darlings, because everything irie! Alhamdulillah.
1. Prevents Cancer:
Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.
2. Lowers Cholesterol:
The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff)
3. Clears the Skin:
Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. (Read more on page 5.)
4. Eye Health:
One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.
5. Alkalizes the Whole Body:
The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in the fruit help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.
6. Helps in Diabetes:
Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. The traditional home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered decoction in the morning. Mango fruit also have a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
7. Improved Sex:
Mangos are a great source of vitamin E. Even though the popular connection between sex drive and vitamin E was originally created by a mistaken generalization on rat studies, further research has shown balanced proper amounts (as from whole food) does help in this area.
8. Improves Digestion:
Papayas are not the only fruit that contain enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination.
9. Remedy for Heat Stroke
Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener helps to cool down the body and prevent harm to the body. From an ayurvedic viewpoint, the reason people often get diuretic and exhausted when visiting equatorial climates is because the strong “sun energy” is burning up your body, particularly the muscles. The kidneys then become overloaded with the toxins from this process.
10. Boosts Immune system
The generous amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangos, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.