Recent studies have shown that the consumption of both dark chocolate and red wine may very have an effect on the signs of aging.
Both contain a naturally occurring compound called resveratrol, which has shown to help in the battle to reduce aging. However, in a new study, it seems that dark chocolate and red wine may actually work to reverse the effects as well.
According to a new study recently published in the journal BMC Cell Biology, researchers surmise that old human cells can actually be rejuvenated and brought back to life by using chemicals very similar to resveratrol, which as it happens are found in both dark chocolate and red wine.
The study sighting these findings was conducted by researchers in the UK, at both the University of Exeter and the University of Brighton. The newest study was built upon previous research that showed that certain proteins within our bodies become inactive as we age.
In the newest study, researchers added “resveralogues”, which are simply chemicals similar in nature to resveratrol, and noticed that the human cells of the study reactivated the inactive proteins. Not only did this make the cells look younger, but they began to behave like younger cells as well, by beginning to divide once more.
Dr. Latorre, a scientist involved with the research stated:
“I repeated the experiments several times, and in each case, the cells rejuvenated. I am very excited by the implications and potential for this research.”
Resveratrol is present in not only dark chocolate and red wine, but may also be found in grapes, peanuts, and some forms of berries.
So the next time you find yourself reaching for that piece of dark chocolate, or even that next glass of red wine, keep reminding yourself of what a health benefit each of these items provides, in the long run.