Food and Nutrition
The Beauty Fruit: Mangos Deliver a Summery Cocktail of Nutrients to Support the Summertime Glow
Jun 19, 2014 - 4:02:52 PM
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 (Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine 2013; 29: 84-89). 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 (American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2007; 86: 115-31).
-- Vitamin A/Beta Carotene: Mangos deliver 35 percent of the daily vitamin
A requirement in the form of beta carotene (an antioxidant pigment which
the body converts to vitamin A). Lower levels of vitamin A in the diet
have been associated with a wrinkled appearance (American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition 2007; 86: 115-31). A number of studies have also
shown that an elevated intake of carotenoids, such as beta carotene, may
confer protection from sunlight, lessening sunburn (American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition 2012; 96(suppl): 1179S-84S). In addition, recent
research in undergraduate students (male and female) who ate more fruits
and vegetables experienced an increase in yellow and red skin tone due
to the presence of beta carotene and lycopene, respectively, in fruits
and vegetables (PLoS One 2012; 7(3): 1-9). In this study, increased
yellow skin tone (due to beta carotene intake), in particular, was rated
more healthful and more attractive.
-- Folate: Rich in folate, one cup of mango contains 20 percent of the
daily requirements for this B vitamin. Folate supports many different
processes within the body, and researchers have suggested that some may
have an important impact on the maintenance and function of healthy skin
and that exposure to UV radiation can breakdown folate, resulting in
lower levels in the skin (Bioactive Dietary Factors and Plant Extracts
in Dermatology, Nutrition, and Health. Springer, New York, 2013:
The sumptuous flavor of mangos elevates any eating experience, adding a burst of nutrients, vivid color, and the taste of the tropics. The perfect ingredient for salads, smoothies, yogurt, grilled meats, or side dishes, fresh mangos give everyday favorites a summer beauty boost. For delicious mango recipes click here.
Mango Watermelon Salad recipe featured in photo available here.
About National Mango Board
The National Mango Board is an agriculture promotion group, which is supported by assessments from both domestic and imported mangos. The board was designed to drive awareness and consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. The superfruit mango contains 100 calories, and is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, a good source of fiber, and an amazing source of tropical flavor.
Mango availability per capita has increased 53 percent since 2005 to an estimated 2.87 pounds per year in 2013. Mango import volume for 2013 was 935 million pounds. Learn more atwww.mango.org.
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