Chocolate And Red Wine Beats Wrinkles

Josephine Thompson

Journalist

Aging is actually caused by our DNA strands losing their protective telomeres and not by children sucking out the life-force out of you. New research from a team at Exeter University suggests that the process can be slowed down by consuming red wine, dark chocolate, red grapes and blueberries. Scientists tested compounds based on chemicals naturally found in these food items, and which possessed flavonoids, known for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

"This is a first step in trying to make people live normal lifespans, but with health for their entire life," said lead researcher Professor Harries. "Our data suggests that using chemicals to switch back on the major class of genes that are switched off as we age might provide a means to restore function to old cells."

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The rate and scope of change in the cells caught some scientist unprepared. "When I saw some of the cells in the culture dish rejuvenating I couldn't believe it," said Dr. Eva Latorre. "These old cells were looking like young cells. It was like magic. 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."

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Within hours, the new "reversatrol analogues" forced older cells to divide and have had longer telomeres. This breakthrough could lead to anti-aging therapies. Meanwhile, if you're self medicating with booze and chocolate, a study of 300,000 Americans has shown that drinking a glass of wine or a bottle of beer a day might cut down risk of early death by fifth. This cuts down the risks of heart disease and other problems significantly.

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Have in mind that drinking any alcohol increases the risks of certain kinds of cancer. But researchers from the University of Texas and Shandong University of China claim that the benefits to the heart outweigh the risks of cancer by a great margin and the findings are really important for the elderly.

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