According to a new study, drinking chocolate and drinking coffee or tea can prolong life. For a better effect, it is recommended to combine it with zinc. Together, they form a powerful antioxidant that slows down the aging process. According to American researchers, this combination can prolong life by protecting against oxidative stress, a form of gas that contributes to aging and diseases such as inflammation, cancer and degenerative diseases.
Zinc and chocolate: better together
Researchers conducted a laboratory experiment where they combined polyphenols in chocolate with zinc to study this effect. Polyphenols in chocolate, coffee and tea have long been considered healthy, but on their own they have no major effect. They are primarily associated with zinc because they form a powerful enzyme that can protect the body from oxidative stress.
Reminders of the body’s own super enzyme
The enzyme is reminiscent of the enzyme called SOD (superoxide dismutase enzyme) which also has a powerful effect on gases. This is the first time that scientists have been able to mimic the effect of this body enzyme.
Zinc is the best mineral
In the past, attempts have been made to use iron and copper, other minerals with antioxidant properties, but unlike zinc, they can also induce oxidative stress. Zinc is less toxic and should therefore, according to researchers, be added to certain foods, like vitamin D, to protect human health. And they don’t rule out the possibility that in the future you may buy a chocolate cake with zinc added.
Chocolate has already been shown to have a positive effect on vision, improve memory, reduce stress and make you happier in general.