The preliminary study showed promising results.
Women who consume a healthy amount of fermented dairy products experienced a decrease in wrinkles after two months.
Women who consumed one and a half additional cups of coffee every day saw an increase in wrinkles over the same period.
The group that consumed smaller amounts of the supplement saw improvements in fine lines, deep lines, and evident wrinkles.
Papayas and mangos are rich in beta-carotene which scavenges free radicals and delays cellular damage.
A study conducted by researchers from the University of California Davis found that eating ataulfo mangoes, also known as honey, gives older women with lighter skin a reduction in facial wrinkles.
The case study was published in the book “Nutrients.”
Postmenopausal women who consumed half a cup of Ataulfo mangoes, four days a week, saw a 23% reduction in the depth of fine lines and wrinkles after two months and a 20% reduction after four months.
“That’s a significant improvement in wrinkles,” said Vivien Fam, a doctoral student in the UC Davis Department of Nutrition.
The results are prescriptive and complex, but they need a caveat.
Women who ate a cup and a half of mango saw an increase in wrinkles during that time.
Some mango may be good for the skin, but too much of it may be a problem,” she said.
The researchers are unclear as to what causes wrinkles, but they hypothesize that it could be due to the large amount of sugar present in the larger serving of mangoes.
In the randomized-controlled trial, 28 postmenopausal women with Fitzpatrick skin types II and III were examined (skin that burns more easily than tans).
The women were divided into two groups: One group consumed half a cup of mangoes four times a week for four months; the other group consumed one and a half cups over the same period.
Facial wrinkles were assessed using a high-resolution camera system.
“The system we used to analyze wrinkles allowed us to not only visualize wrinkles, but to quantify and measure them,” 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 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 more research is needed to understand 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 could 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, November 4, 2020, Nutrients.DOI: 10.3390/nu12113381.
Additional authors, all from UC Davis, are Roberta Holt, Department of Nutrition; Carl Keen, Departments of Nutrition and Internal Medicine; and Raja Sivamani, Department of Dermatology. The research was supported by the National Mango Board.