It might not be the season of mangoes, but the reason why we are talking about this wonder fruit is terribly important. Mangoes have always been bad-mouthed for giving you acne. But now it looks like eating this fruit can bestow you with ageless beauty.
A new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, found that eating Ataulfo mangoes, also known as honey or Champagne mangoes, may reduce facial wrinkles in older women with fairer skin. This study was published in the journal Nutrients.
Postmenopausal women who ate a half cup of Ataulfo mangoes four times a week saw a 23% decrease in deep wrinkles after two months and a 20% decrease after four months.
“That’s a significant improvement in wrinkles,” said lead author Vivien Fam, a doctoral student in the UC Davis Department of Nutrition. But the findings are very specific and come with a caveat.
“Women who ate one cup and a half of mangoes for the same periods of time saw an increase in wrinkles. This shows that while some mango may be good for skin health, too much of it may not be,” Fam said.
Researchers said it’s unclear why consuming more mango would increase the severity of wrinkles but speculate that it may be related to a robust amount of sugar in the larger portion of mangoes.
The randomized clinical pilot study involved 28 postmenopausal women with Fitzpatrick skin types II or III. Women were divided into two groups: one group consumed a half cup of mangoes four times a week for four months, and another consumed a cup and a half for the same period of time. Facial wrinkles were evaluated using a high-resolution camera system.
“The system we used to analyze wrinkles allowed us to not just visualize wrinkles, but to quantify and measure wrinkles,” said Robert Hackman, professor in the Department of Nutrition and corresponding author of the study.
“This is extremely accurate and allowed us to capture more than just the appearance of wrinkles or what the eye might see,” added Hackman.
The study looked at the severity, length, and width of fine, deep, and emerging wrinkles. Fam said the group that consumed a half cup of mangoes saw improvements in all categories.
Fam said further research is needed to learn the mechanisms behind the reduction in wrinkles. She said it may be due to the beneficial effects of carotenoids (orange or red plant pigments), and other phytonutrients that could help build collagen.
We know now you would be eagerly waiting for the summers to hit the ground so that you can nosh on those mangoes again to make your skin look younger. But don’t forget that moderation is the key darling.
(With inputs from ANI)