Pilot study shows promising results.
- Women who ate half a cup four times a week saw a decrease in wrinkles after two months
- Women who ate more, a cup and a half, for the same periods, saw an increase in wrinkles
- Group consumption of smaller quantities saw improvement in severity, length and width of fine, deep and emerging wrinkles
Mangoes, like other orange fruits and vegetables, are rich in beta-carotene and contain antioxidants that can slow down cellular damage. A new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, has found that eating Ataulfo mangoes, also known as honey or Champagne mangoes, can have another benefit: reducing facial wrinkles in older women with ‘ n lighter well. The study was published in the journal Nutrients.
Postmenopausal women who ate half a cup of Ataulfo mangoes four times a week experienced a 23 percent decrease in deep wrinkles after two months and a 20 percent decrease after four months.
“This is a significant improvement in wrinkles,” says lead author Vivien Fam, a doctoral student at the UC Davis Department of Nutrition. But the findings are very specific and have a caveat.
‘Women who ate the same cup one and a half heads saw an increase in wrinkles. It shows that while some mangoes can be good for the health of the skin, they can not be too much, ”said Fam.
According to researchers, it is unclear why consuming more mangoes would increase the severity of wrinkles, but they speculate that this may be related to a strong amount of sugar in the larger portion of mangoes.
The randomized clinical trial involved 28 postmenopausal women with Fitzpatrick II or III skin (skin that burns more easily than brown). Women were divided into two groups: one group drank half a cup of meals four times a week for four months, and another for the same period. Facial wrinkles were evaluated using a high-resolution camera system.
“The system we use to analyze wrinkles has enabled us to not only visualize wrinkles, but to quantify and measure wrinkles,” said Robert Hackman, professor in the Department of Nutrition and co-author of the study, said. “It is extremely accurate and has enabled us to capture more than just the appearance of wrinkles or what the eye sees.”
The study looked at the severity, length and width of fine, deep and emerging wrinkles. Fam said the group that consumed half a cup of mangoes saw improvements in all categories.
Fam said further research is needed to learn the mechanisms behind wrinkle reduction. She said this may be due to the beneficial effects of carotenoids (orange or red plant pigments) and other phytonutrients that can help build collagen.
Reference: “Prospective Evaluation of Mango Fruit Intake on Facial Wrinkles and Erythema in Postmenopausal Women: A Randomized Clinical Pilot Study” by Vivien W. Fam, Roberta R. Holt, Carl L. Keen, Raja K. Sivamani and Robert M. Hackman, 4 November 2020, Nutrients.
DOI: 10.3390 / nu12113381
Other authors, all from UC Davis, include Roberta Holt, Department of Nutrition; Carl Keen, Departments of Nutrition and Internal Medicine; and Raja Sivamani, Department of Dermatology. Research support comes from the National Mango Board.