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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.

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