Due to their richness in antioxidants, mangoes would be particularly interesting for delaying cellular damage, especially in the skin of the face, suggests a new scientific study.

Whether to preserve one's health or to fight against cellular aging, a healthy and balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, is recommended.

Regarding facial wrinkles, the consumption of mango would be particularly interesting, according to the results of a new scientific study, published in early November in the journal Nutrients.

Conducted by researchers at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis, USA), using Ataulfo ​​mangoes, a Mexican variety, the study showed a 23% decrease in facial wrinkles in postmenopausal women. They ate half a cup (85 grams) of this mango four times a week for two months. After four months, the observed decrease was still 20%.

But beware of excess, because conversely, the study found that eating more mangoes (at the rate of one and a half cups four times a week, or about 250 grams) could on the contrary increase the phenomenon of wrinkles, perhaps due to too much sugar.

The study involved 28 postmenopausal women with fair skin (phototype II or II, which tans easily). The participants were split into two groups: one consumed 85 grams of mango, equivalent to half a cup, four times per week, while the other consumed 250 grams four times per week during the week. same period.

As for the facial wrinkles, they were assessed using a high-resolution camera system, and classified into different categories (deep, fine, emergent, etc.) as well as their severity, length and width.

“The system we used to analyze wrinkles allowed us to not only visualize them, but also quantify and measure them,” commented Robert Hackman, professor in the Department of Nutrition at UC Davis and co-author. of the study. “This is extremely precise and allowed us to capture more than just the appearance of wrinkles or what the eye could see,” he added.

After consuming 85 g of mango four times a day for 8 to 16 weeks, improvements were measured and observed for all criteria of facial wrinkles. For researchers, this beneficial effect could be linked to the carotenoid content in mangoes, the pigments that give fruits and vegetables their orange to red color, and to other nutrients that could help in the synthesis of collagen, a protein that confers resistance. and suppleness to the skin.

  Source: MedicalXpress