One day, coffee and chocolate are bad for you, another day they’re the up-and-coming superfoods. Truth In Aging has the latest research on whether they might be able to protect your skin:
Coffee and chocolate have always been under the microscope but for different reasons. Dark chocolate is often hailed for its powerful antioxidant properties while coffee is full of that get up and go juice also known as caffeine- a widely researched chemical in well being. But researches in separate studies are taking a closer look at potential benefits coming from the kitchen cabinet ingredients.
Researchers at Quebec’s Laval University’s Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods are looking into chocolate and its relationship with UV light. Right now, researchers are gathering fair-skinned female volunteers to eat three squares of chocolate, everyday, for 12 weeks. The idea behind it is that polyphenols, a chemical found in chocolate, has been known to increase blood flow to the skin which can help protect against damaging UV light. The women will be exposed to UV light and scientist will monitor their damage. If polyphenols are indeed increased, the group of women that have been eating chocolate should have a smaller degree of UV damage compared to the control group.
While the study in Quebec is still looking for volunteers, researchers at Rutgers University have just finished up their own study that shows that caffeine is also good at fighting UV damage. The study, found in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, shows that caffeine guards against certain skin cancers at the molecular level, by inhibiting a protein enzyme in the skin known as ATR. It namely focused on ATR, a protein enzyme that’s inhibited by caffeine.
Continue reading for more on whether coffee and chocolate can protect your skin…
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