An Anti ageing chocolate which reduces wrinkles has been developed by Cambridge University as a spin-off.
You could be forgiven for thinking this is an April Fool's Article but this Article appeared in the Telegraph some time ago I included a link in one of my newsletters.
Apparently it's been found that a daily 7.5g bar of the anti-ageing chocolate can change the underlying skin stucture of a 50 year old to that of someone in their 30s, say developers.
It may seem too good to be true, but guilt-free chocolate which promises to slow down the emergence of wrinkles and sagging skin, has been developed by scientists.
‘Esthechoc’ the brainchild of a Cambridge University spin-off lab, claims to boost antioxidant levels and increase circulation to prevent lines and keep skin looking youthful and smooth.
Just a small 7.5g bar of anti-ageing chocolate contains the same amount of the antioxidant astaxanthin as a fillet of Alaskan salmon, and equal levels of free-radical fighting cocoa polyphenols as 100g of dark chocolate.
Its makers say it can change the underlying skin of a 50-60 year old into that of someone in their 20s or 30s. Tests showed that after four weeks of eating the anti-ageing chocolate every day, volunteers had less evidence of inflammation in their blood and increased blood supply to skin tissue.
I was thinking of volunteering for further trials!! However it actually has been developed and it's on sale in some very exclusive Department Stores and also on Amazon.
The price is rather exclusive too but if you love Chocolate and want to look younger how much is too much to pay for a bar of anti ageing chocolate?
Judge for yourselves.
There's always Christmas and Birthday's when we're allowed to request a
special treat and this may just be the one.
There is much research and evidence to prove that chocolate, and not just the anti ageing chocolate, has a host of other health benefits providing you don't binge on it.
According to new research it's associated with a lower risk of stroke and heart disease,
Hands up if you turn to Chocolate in times of stress as your go to comfort food and reliable source of consolation when life has let you down. It's known as a mood-enhancer and romance-inducer in more positive circumstances. But the question is, is it good for us?
There are a host of medically proven ways in which chocolate — and it has to be good chocolate, which is to say dark chocolate, with a cocoa percentage of around seventy per cent or more — really is good for us.
Research is continuing all the time, and experts have already found that chocolate is good for the heart, circulation and brain, and it has been suggested that it may be beneficial in such major heath challenges as autism, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and yes it's acknowledged it's even beneficial to ageing in general.
As I'm not a particular fan of dark chocolate I was pleased to hear that in fact, the very latest research suggests that even milk chocolate may also provide valuable nutrients which lower the chance of heart problems so it doesn't necessarily need to be anti ageing chocolate.
There are 10 scientifically established health benefits from eating chocolate
1. It's good for the heart and circulation
Dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels - both common causes of artery clogging.
2. It reduces risk of stroke
Researchers in Finland found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of suffering a stroke - by a staggering 17 per cent average in the group of men they tested.
3. It's mineral rich
Dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium, and a 100g bar of dark (70 per cent or more) choc provides 67 per cent of the RDA of iron.
4. It reduces cholesterol
Consumption of cocoa has been shown to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of “good” cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
5. It's good for your skin
The flavonols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage (though you'd probably better still slap on some sun cream).
6. It can help you lose weight
Yes really! Chocolate can help you lose weight. Neuroscientist Will Clower says a small square of good choc melted on the tongue 20 minutes before a meal triggers the hormones in the brain that say “I’m full”, cutting the amount of food you subsequently consume. Finishing a meal with the same small trigger could reduce subsequent snacking.
7. It's good for mothers and babies
A Finnish study found that chocolate reduced stress in expectant mothers, and that the babies of such mothers smiled more often than the offspring of non-chocolate-eating parents.
8. It may prevent diabetes
It sounds crazy, but cocoa has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. So dark chocolate - in moderation - might delay or prevent the onset of diabetes.
9. Chocolate is good for the brain
Flavanols are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflamatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.
10. Chocolate makes you feel better
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.
So there you have it 10 Good reasons to eat Chocolate not just anti ageing chocolate but any good chocolate, but beware of over indulgence.