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Study Says That Eating Mangoes Can Help Women Keep Facial Wrinkles At Bay. And, Here I Thought My Skin Hates Everything That Tastes Good

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It’s weird how the things you never worried about in your life suddenly become your worst nightmares as soon as you blow the candles on your 25th birthday cake. House rent, tax returns and ageing, to name a few. These are just part of adulting that you have to deal with. It took me a while to wrap my head around the fact that ageing is inevitable and you pretty much cannot do anything about it. But I would be lying if I said randomly spotting a wrinkle in the mirror or in selfies doesn’t bum me out. While there are tons of natural ways to keep those fine lines and wrinkles at bay, a recent study has found that eating mangoes can help significantly. My only question is why are we just finding this out?

The researchers at the University of California, Davis, found that women who ate Ataulfo mangoes, also known as honey or Champagne mangoes, had fewer and less severe wrinkles. This is because orange fruits like mangoes are powerhouse of beta-carotene and rich in antioxidants which work on cell repair and building elasticity and eventually delay the visible ageing signs. The clinical pilot study conducted on 28 women found that consumption of mangoes led to a significant improvement in appearance of wrinkles in older women with fairer skin tones. I knew that mango had more to it than just be heavenly and sumptuously delicious. It’s everyone favourite for a reason. Now, we know.

The study was done on 28 postmenopausal women who were divided into two sections with one group consuming half a cup of Ataulfo mangoes four times a week for fourth months and other consuming three times that amount, which is a cup and a half for the same period of time. After four months, the the change in appearance of facial wrinkles were analysed with a high res camera setting to study the depth, severity, length, and width of these wrinkles. The results showed that women who ate half cup of mangoes witnessed a 23 per cent decrease in deep wrinkles after two months and a 20 per cent decrease after four months. “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.

However, as an old saying goes, too much of everything is bad, the authors pointed out that binging on mangoes won’t help either. The lead author of the study, Vivien Fam who’s a doctoral student in the UC Davis Department of Nutrition, said, “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.” Mangoes have high level of sugars which isn’t good for skin and speeds up ageing. So, it’s important to measure your intake and have in in moderation. Don’t overdo the consumption of mangoes in the attempt of having youthful skin, because it might backfire.

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For someone blessed with extremely parched skin, I can vouch for the fact that ageing isn’t too kind on dry skin. If I could trade my skin type, I would swap it with oily skin. Sure, it has some setbacks like blinding shine on nose and icky feeling 24X7 but I’d have that any day rather than having premature wrinkles that makes me look 5 years older. You tend show fine lines, crow’s feet and tiny wrinkles way before they are supposed to show up usually. I mean, for my 26th birthday, I treated myself to a bunch of  products from an anti-ageing skincare range because that’s when it is recommended to start with the regime. But now that I think about it, maybe I should scratch that and munch on mangoes instead. It’s not every day you find out that stuffing your face with food that’s supposed to do your skin good. Am I right?

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