Study Finds Eating Mangoes Reduces Women’s Facial Wrinkles

Eating Mango

Study finds women who ate just a half cup of honey mangoes four times a week saw a decrease in wrinkles.

Pilot study shows promising results.

  • Women who ate a half cup four times a week saw a decrease in wrinkles after two months
  • Women who ate more, a cup and a half, for the same time periods saw an increase in wrinkles
  • Group consuming smaller amounts saw improvements in severity, length, and width of fine, deep, and emerging wrinkles

Mangoes, like other orange fruits and vegetables, are rich in beta-carotene and provide antioxidants that may delay cell damage. A new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, finds eating Ataulfo mangoes, also known as honey or Champagne mangoes, may have another benefit — reducing facial wrinkles in older women with fairer skin. The study was published in the journal Nutrients.

Postmenopausal women who ate a half cup of Ataulfo mangoes four times a week saw a 23 percent decrease in deep wrinkles after two months and a 20 percent 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 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.

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.


Quantifiable results

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 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.

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, 4 November 2020, Nutrients.
DOI: 10.3390/nu12113381

Other authors, all from UC Davis, include Roberta Holt, Department of Nutrition; Carl Keen, Department of Nutrition and Internal Medicine; and Raja Sivamani, Department of Dermatology. Research support came from the National Mango Board.

3 Comments on "Study Finds Eating Mangoes Reduces Women’s Facial Wrinkles"

  1. Did the study not have men in the test groups? I doth protest if my sex was not included in these tests; is it because women think us older men are more sexy with furrows across our foreheads, crow tracks on the outside of our eyes, and hands that look like someone stretched them too much and left the extra skin to wrinkle up like prunes. Doesn’t sound sexy to me, but after all, I am a man and what do I know? I was going to pull my face back, and hide the extra skin under my shirt collar, but a friend said I’d probably look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame, so I gave up on the idea. Please write any good ideas about imitating the Youthful ones in a separate comment!

  2. So this works for woman and not men?

  3. The research shows that the honey mangoes can decrease the wrinkles for the postmenopausal women according to the specific usage. But I wanna known weather the honey mangoes could work to prevent wrinkles arise for the middle-aged women who dose not have wrinkles on their faces now but have a trend to get wrinkles very soon.

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