zinc combined with chocolate prevents aging and disease

This discovery is brand new! If you add this mineral to this delicacy, you get the fountain of youth (really)!

Imagine if eating chocolate turned out to be the fountain of youth! In our new book, Chocolate: Superfood of the Gods, we show that eating dark chocolate can keep your mind young. We talk about a study of seniors that found that eating dark chocolate for three months can turn the memory of a sixty year old into the memory of a thirty or forty year old.

And now it turns out that chocolate can do for your body what it can do for your mind: especially with the help of a friend. The friend is the mineral zinc.

Aging and short life span are caused, partly, by oxidative stress, or free radical damage. A key source of the free radical damage that plays such a big role in the aging process is known as superoxide. In your body, a powerful antioxidant called superoxide dismutase (SOD) helps to neutralize the threat of superoxide.

What this innovative new study has discovered is that if you combine chocolate with zinc, your body creates a complex which mimics SOD. Zinc has many functions in the body, including acting as an antioxidant. Dark chocolate is loaded in flavonoids called polyphenols, which are very powerful antioxidants. When you add zinc to the polyphenols it activates them in a way that fights off superoxide.

This is big news, because, by neutralizing superoxide, the zinc-polyphenol super complex protects you against the free radical damage that is, at least in part, responsible for aging and for health problems from inflammation to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

This discovery of the zinc-polyphenol complex super-antioxidant could have important—and potentially delicious—implications for the science of antiaging. In the meantime, you may want to take your zinc supplement with nice, dark chocolate bar.

Nature Chemistry 2018;10:1207–1212

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