EATING CHOCOLATE WITH
ZINC COULD HELP YOU LIVE LONGER
Eating chocolate and drinking coffee and tea may help you live longer, according to a new study. To reap the beneits of the treats, however, they must be consumed with zinc supplements — which together activate a compound that slows down ageing. According to the researchers from the University of Erlangen in Nuremberg and Auburn University in Alabama, the combination can lengthen life by protecting against naturally-occurring “oxidative stress” — a gas that leads to ageing and other illnesses such as cancer, inlammation or degenerative diseases.
To analyse the effects of zinc, known for its beneits in helping the body ight off bacteria and viruses, and antioxidant polyphenols, which are found in chocolate, tea or coffee, the scientists combined the two in lab experiments.
On their own, polyphenols cannot break down oxidative stress, but when combined with zinc, they create a “mega complex” enzyme capable of protecting the body from the damaging waste gas that occurs as a by-product of cells, researchers found.