Mangoes, like other orange fruits and vegetables, are rich in beta-carotene and provide antioxidants that may delay cell damage.
In a new study, researchers found eating Ataulfo mangoes, also known as honey or Champagne mangoes, may have another benefit—reducing facial wrinkles in older women with fairer skin.
Older 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.
They also found women who ate a 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.
The research was conducted by a team at the University of California, Davis.
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.
In the study, the team tested 28 postmenopausal women with Fitzpatrick skin types II or III (skin that burns more easily than tans).
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 study looked at the severity, length, and width of fine, deep, and emerging wrinkles. The team says the group that consumed a half cup of mangoes saw improvements in all categories.
Further research is needed to learn the mechanisms behind the reduction in wrinkles.
It may be due to the beneficial effects of carotenoids (orange or red plant pigments), and other phytonutrients that could help build collagen.
One author of the study is Vivien Fam.
The study is published in Nutrients.
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