Imagine a situation where devouring chocolate could help us get younger skin. Scientists at Cambridge Chocolate Technology, after 10 years of extensive research and medical trials, have developed the “world’s first functional dark chocolate” that promotes healthy, smooth and luminous skin.
Dr. Ivan Petyaev, who helped develop the chocolate, tested it on 3,000 women between the ages of 50 and 60 by adding the chocolate to their daily diet for three weeks. After this period, tests revealed that biomarkers and metabolic parameters of their skin returned to levels typically associated with people between the ages of 20 and 30.
According to its developers, a daily serving of Esthechoc (7.5 grams and 38 calories) increases the skin’s level of antioxidants, improves its microcirculation, raises its oxygen level and prevents aging by slowing the formation of free radicals. The chocolate contains 70% cocoa and two anti-aging antioxidants: cocoa flavanols and astaxanthin carotenoid.
Michela Vagnini, a nutritional therapist with Nature’s Plus, a London-based manufacturer of natural vitamins and nutritional supplements says, “The (unique selling proposition) for this product is Astaxanthin. This would have a significant benefit on protecting against UVA-induced skin photo-aging such as sagging and wrinkles. It inhibits the UVA action on enzymes that destroy our collagen and elastin, thus maintaining our skin's firmness and tone.”
The market for antioxidants continues to expand with modest growth. Market drivers include a global trend toward healthier lifestyles and improved well-being, greater demand for anti-aging serums and food preservatives, and the growing use of fuel additives in the plastics and rubber industry.
According to BCC Research, the global antioxidants market should grow from $4.7 billion in 2014 to nearly $5.7 billion in 2019, reflecting a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4%.
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