It's the age-old question: how do I look younger without getting plastic surgery? If only there was an easy way to reverse the look of aging while still enjoying ourselves!
Well, good news. There is.
A new study suggests two of our most favorite foods in the world will help aging cells repair themselves and behave as young cells again.
“When I saw some of the cells in the culture dish rejuvenating I couldn’t believe it," Dr. Eva Latorre, Research Associate at the University of Exeter, said. "These old cells were looking like young cells. It was like magic. I repeated the experiments several times and in each case the cells rejuvenated. I am very excited by the implications and potential for this research.”
So what exactly are these "magic foods" that will make us look younger?
Scientists conducted a study which applied a compound called reversatrol analogues, chemicals based on a substance naturally found in red wine, dark chocolate, red grapes and blueberries, to human cells. Within hours, they noticed the cells began to look younger and start dividing like young cells do.
“This demonstrates that when you treat old cells with molecules that restore the levels of the splicing factors, the cells regain some features of youth," says Lorna Harries, Professor of Molecular Genetics. "They are able to grow, and their telomeres - the caps on the ends of the chromosomes that shorten as we age - are now longer, as they are in young cells. Far more research is needed now to establish the true potential for these sort of approaches to address the degenerative effects of aging.”
“This is a first step in trying to make people live normal lifespans, but with health for their entire life," Harries continues. "Our data suggests that using chemicals to switch back on the major class of genes that are switched off as we age might provide a means to restore function to old cells.”
Long story short: eating chocolate and drinking red wine will make you look and feel younger. Plus, it'll give you a great excuse for a Girl's Night.