Because working out is so taxing on your body, it opens the floodgates for free radicals and oxidative stress to wreak havoc. “Mangos are bursting with over 20 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, the latter of which can help protect the body against the production of free radicals and other effects of oxidative stress,” Villacorta says. That means the tropical fruit can help your system and muscles recover faster—and get you back in the gym sooner. Plus, mangos are a source of quick-digesting carbohydrates, he adds, making them perfect for an immediate, rapid energy boost before a workout. Eat them raw, add to smoothies, or use them to top off a bowl of yogurt, Villacorta recommends.
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