A speedier metabolism seems to be one of those unattainable life goals like subsisting solely on coffee, wine and ice cream with no negative repercussions. While the latter remains a pipe dream (sorry, fellow mochi lovers), it is actually possible to give your metabolism a boost. Since the extent of our knowledge about metabolism is that it helps turn what we eat and drink into energy (and a high metabolism helps us burn more calories), we called in an expert to break things down for us: Tessie Tracy, certified eating psychology and mind-body coach. “While there are many metabolisms in the body—such as liver metabolism, thyroid metabolism or digestive metabolism—the most common connection we make with this word usually comes in a statement like, ‘I want to speed up my metabolism,'” she says.
Not that you actually need an excuse to eat a fresh, juicy mango, but here’s a pretty good one: Studies show that this delicious, sticky, sweet superfood has anti-inflammatory benefits that improve metabolism and guard against metabolic disease. In addition to being high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber, mangoes have a high concentration of chemicals called polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory properties. One recent study by researchers at Texas A&M University (and partially funded by the National Mango Board) tested out the potential benefits of those polyphenols by giving both lean and obese subjects 400 grams of fresh-frozen mango pulp every day for 42 days.