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Here’s how red wine and chocolate help you stay young

A compound in dark chocolate and red wine could help rejuvenate cells, according to a scientific breakthrough, reported The Independent. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Brighton have made the sizeable breakthrough on ageing and discovered a way to rejuvenate inactive senescent cells. They found that they could make the cells both look and behave like younger cells. The researchers applied compounds called reversatrol analogues, which are chemicals based on a substance naturally found in red wine, dark chocolate, red grapes and blueberries, to cells in culture. Previous research by the University of Exeter had found that a class of genes called splicing factors are progressively switched off as we age. But the new study found that applying the reversatrol analogues to the cells caused splicing factors to be switched back on. Within hours of treatment, older cells had started to divide and had longer telomeres, which are the ‘caps’ on the chromosomes which shorten as we age. The researchers hope that the breakthrough could lead to therapies that help people age better and without many of degenerative problems people encounter as we get older. One of the reasons we become more susceptible to disease as we age is that our tissues accumulate senescent cells which are alive but do not grow or function as they should.–Agencies

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