Daily almond consumption may help reduce wrinkles: Study

Daily consumption of almonds may help reduce the severity of facial wrinkles in post-menopausal women, claims a first-of-its-kind study to examine the effects of the nuts on skin health.
Researchers at the University of California (UC), Davis in the US found that a daily snack of almonds in place of other nut-free snacks improved measures of wrinkle width and severity in postmenopausal women. The postmenopause is the time after which a woman has experienced 12 consecutive months of lack of menstruation. In the 16-week randomised controlled trial, published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, 28 healthy postmenopausal women with Fitzpatrick skin type 1 or 2 — characterised by increased tendency to burn with sun exposure — were randomly assigned to one of two groups.
In the intervention group, women ate almonds as a snack, which accounted for 20 per cent of their total daily calorie intake,or 340 calories per day on average (60 grammes). The control group ate a nut-free snack that also accounted for 20 per cent of calories: a cereal bar, granola bar or pretzels. Aside from these snacks, study participants ate their regular diets and did not eat any nuts or nut-containing products. Skin assessments were made at the start of the study, and again at four weeks, eight weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks. At each visit, facial wrinkles were assessed using high-resolution facial imaging and validated three dimensional (3D) facial modelling and measurement. (PTI)

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