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Q. What’s the Healthy Aging Secret in Cocoa, Tea and Red Wine?

By Sylvia Geiger, M.S., R.D., November/December 2007

What’s the Healthy Aging Secret in Cocoa, Tea and Red Wine?

A. Epicatechin. This specific type of flavonoid (antioxidant)—in cocoa, tea and red wine—helps blood vessels maintain a healthy elasticity, which lowers blood pressure and increases blood flow to the heart and other organs, including the skin. In a study of 24 women, published last year in the Journal of Nutrition, drinking an epicatechin-rich cocoa beverage daily for 12 weeks improved skin texture and protected against sunburn. The authors explained that epicatechin increased blood flow to the skin, boosting nutrient and oxygen supply—both factors essential for keeping skin healthy. It likely also absorbed UV light that otherwise might react with and damage skin cells, and swept up tissue-damaging free radicals.

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Anonymous

12/10/2009 - 5:25pm

I enjoy a glass of red wine on a regular bases
and chocolate is one of my favorites...so I feel i'm
a step ahead of it all.

Anonymous

12/17/2009 - 7:38pm

if you want to keep your skin super smooth then i have an idea
you just simply get a teaspoon of sugar half teaspoon of honey and mix it together and put it on your face leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse it of with water. results super smooth skin

Anonymous

01/01/2010 - 8:03am

eat lots fruit and lots water

Anonymous

06/18/2010 - 8:06am

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