The Beauty Fruit: Mangos

Mango Watermelon SaladAn increasing body of scientific evidence makes it clear: what we eat may have an impact on the health and beauty of our skin. But what if there was a fruit—available year-round with plentiful volume just in time for skin-centric summertime—that delivered a cocktail of skin-supporting nutrients and compounds?  We’d all Mangover our eating habits, adding fresh mango at every turn!

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This beauty fruit contains over twenty different vitamins and minerals, and preliminary animal model research indicates that mango may protect skin from damage due to exposure to UVB radiation. In this study, mice fed mango extract experienced less skin damage from UVB radiation than those not fed mango extract. Additional research will need to be conducted in humans. There are four mango nutrients that stand out when it comes to skin health: vitamin C,vitamin A (or, beta carotene), and folate. Let’s take a closer look at the science behind these skin-supporting superstars.

Vitamin C: One cup of mango delivers a whopping 100 percent of the daily requirement for this important antioxidant. Vitamin C supports many different functions in the skin, including collagen formation, regeneration, and wound repair. But did you know that vitamin C intake has been associated with improved appearance of aging skin? In a study involving 4,025 middle-aged women, researchers found that higher intakes of vitamin C were associated with lower prevalence of wrinkled appearance, dryness associated with aging, and skin thinning.