In a new randomized clinical pilot study published in the journal, nutrients researchers from the University of California determined that mango fruit can dramatically reduce physical markers associated with aging if eaten in sufficient quantities.
“Mangos are rich in β-carotene and other carotenoids, along with several phenolic acids that may provide oxidant defense and photoprotection to the skin. The objectives of this study are to investigate the effects of Ataulfo mango intake on the development of facial wrinkles and erythema,” the authors wrote in the new report. A randomized two-group parallel-arm study was conducted to assess 16 weeks of either 85 g or 250 g of mango intake in healthy postmenopausal women with Fitzpatrick skin type II or III. Facial photographs were captured at weeks 0, 8, and 16, and wrinkles at the lateral canthi and erythema at the cheeks were quantified. Skin carotenoid values were measured with reflection spectroscopy.”
Fitzpatrick skin types II or III are designed to measure how a person’s skin pigment reacts to ultraviolet light.
Types II and III were characterized as fair-skinned participants and they were the most likely to burn in the sun.
“The system we used to analyze wrinkles allowed us to not just visualize wrinkles, but to quantify and measure wrinkles,” Robert Hackman, a professor in the Department of Nutrition, explained in a release. “This is extremely accurate and allowed us to capture more than just the appearance of wrinkles or what the eye might see.”
The study methods revealed that women who eat half a cup of Ataulfo mangoes four times a week reduce their wrinkles by 23% in as little as two months. The sample even enjoyed a 20% reduction to wrinkles four months after analysis concluded.
These benefits were staffed by beta-carotene and antioxidants just like the authors suspected.
Phytonutrients, anti-inflammatory chemicals found in mangos additionally help the body build up collagen overtime.
Strangely, eating more mangos than the value indexed above yielded adverse effects on skin wrinkles.
Intake of 85g of mangos was linked to the successful outcomes, while an intake of 250 g showed the opposite effect. This mostly had to do with the high sugar content found in the fruit.
Also, fair-skinned postmenopausal women saw the most dramatic impact of habitual mango consumption.
“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,” Fam said. Further studies feeding 85 g of mangos are warranted