Pakistan News Service

Friday Oct 31, 2014, Muharram 7, 1436 Hijri
Logo Logo
LATEST :
Pakistan News Home -> Health -> News Details

Chocolate may give youthful skin

02 September, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Everyone is familiar with applying sunscreen to put damaging sun rays at bay. But can eating chocolate have similar effects?

A recent study by a group of London scientists found that those who ate 20 grams of dark chocolate for 12 weeks were able to stay in the sun for twice as long without getting burned in comparison to those who ate none.

In 2009, the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology revealed that dark chocolate offers significant protection against harmful UV effects from the sun, which can cause premature aging. And in 2006, German scientists also found chocolate can help protect against the rays that cause cancer.

"Scientific data supports eating chocolate high in flavanoids, an antioxidant compound typically found in dark chocolate, can protect your skin, primarily against sunburn and UV damage," says cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Oscar Hevia. "One study did show that after three months, ingestion of high flavanol chocolate also improved skin thickness, hydration, and microcirculation, thereby improving the appearance of skin."

"If you are going to eat chocolate for its health benefits, you should focus on dark chocolate or cocoa powder, which has a much higher concentration of the beneficial antioxidants," Hevia adds.

"It is the cocoa bean itself that provides strong antioxidant benefits when ingested, not the other ingredients in chocolate or cocoa powder," says Dr. Jessica Krant, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City. "This matters because chocolate quality varies greatly, and even so-called dark chocolate can have much less of the healthy antioxidant molecules than we expect. Milk chocolate hardly has any."

While chocolate can help the skin fight the damaging effects of the sun, Dr. Krant also says one should specifically look for high-quality cocoa or, as she describes, "the kind that almost doesn't taste good."

"I would definitely recommend eating small amounts of extremely dark chocolate with little fat as a type of overall anti-cancer and anti-aging agent, but caution against eating large amounts of any version, especially high in sugar," she says. "Processed sugars will lead to increased inflammation and the risk of worsening acne and other inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes or heart diseases."

Gary Goldenberg, medical director of Mount Sinai Dermatology in New York City, says this treat should be enjoyed in moderation to help ease elasticity and dryness, both which can be affected by the sun.

"Oxidative stress is one of the main enemies of the skin and it's due to UV exposure, chemicals, and environmental pollutants that cause release of free radicals," he explains.

"These, in turn, damage the top and middle layers of the skin, where collagen lives. This is where chocolate comes in to help. Dark chocolate greater than 70 percent cocoa has the greatest benefit for the skin."

"Whether it's a topical cream with cocoa, a chocolate wrap at a spa, or simply a piece of dark chocolate, go ahead and enjoy," says Dr. Goldenberg. "It's good for you."

End.

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
 
 
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Imran - Qadri long march
Artilce 6 and Musharraf Trail
  Quick Vote Show Results
Question: "In view of the current situation do you think Talks with Taliban should take place only within the ambit of Article 4 of Objectives Resolution that defines our Common Purpose i.e. PM/ President down to all Pakistanis to work till we achieve the rights of Democracy, Freedom, Tolerance and Social Justice for all Pakistanis:"
Yes
No
 
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Gullu Butt sent to prison for 11 years
Sweden becomes the first E.U. member to recognize the state of Palestine
Suggested Sites