Wrinkle Study Shows 20 Percent Decrease in Wrinkles By Eating This Exotic Fruit
A new study at UC Davis, California shows that eating a specific amount of one exotic fruit reduced wrinkles by over 20 percent. However, over-eating this same fruit results in more wrinkling of facial skin.
Researchers from the UC Davis Department of Nutrition have found a simple solution for reducing facial wrinkles by over 20 percent: adding Ataulfo mangoes (also known as honey or Champagne mangoes) to your diet.
“That’s a significant improvement in wrinkles,” said lead author Vivien Fam, a doctoral student in the UC Davis Department of Nutrition.
While the solution is simple, the actual science behind it is not, as an unexplained effect happens when too much of this mango is eaten—a measurable increase in facial wrinkles.
“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.
The results of the study were recently published in the journal Nutrients using older women with fairer skin as their test subjects from which the severity, length and width of fine, deep and emerging facial wrinkles were analyzed before and after eating mangoes during the trial study.
According to the new news release “The randomized clinical pilot study involved 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 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.”
The researchers acknowledge that little is known about why eating this type of mango leads to wrinkle reduction, but speculate that it is likely due to its carotenoids and other phytonutrients that might be involved in building collagen in the skin. The reason for why too much mango leads to wrinkling of the skin is also a matter of speculation, but is posited to be due to the sugar load from this excessively sweet fruit.
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Timothy Boyer has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona. For 20+ years he has been employed as a freelance health and science writer. Today, with an eye on the latest news, Timothy continues writing about science with a focus on what you need to know for healthier living. For continual updates about health, you can also follow Timothy on Twitter at TimBoyerWrites.
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“Can Eating Mangoes Reduce Women’s Facial Wrinkles?” UCDAVIS News November 19, 2020.
“Prospective Evaluation of Mango Fruit Intake on Facial Wrinkles and Erythema in Postmenopausal Women: A Randomized Clinical Pilot Study” Fam, V.W.; Holt, R.R.; Keen, C.L.; Sivamani, R.K.; Hackman, R.M. Nutrients 2020, 12, 3381.