Recent research has found that the average woman in the UK spends over £2,000 per year on beauty products, with the 45 – 54-year-old group spending the most.
But did you know that eating blueberries and dark chocolate can keep you looking young and wrinkle-free? Flavonoids contained in these foods help rejuvenate DNA in our cells and stop the degeneration of telomeres, the protective tips of our chromosomes. Flavonoids are also found in red grapes and red wine.
Researchers at the University of Exeter found that a class of genes called splicing factors are progressively switched off as we age. The team applied compounds called resveratrol analogues, chemicals based on a substance naturally found in red wine, dark chocolate, red grapes, and blueberries, to cells in culture. The chemicals caused splicing factors, to be switched back on. Within hours, the cells apparently looked younger and started to rejuvenate, behaving like young cells and dividing.
Dr Eva Latorre, who carried out the experiments was surprised by the extent and rapidity of the changes in the cells. “When I saw some of the cells in the culture dish rejuvenating I couldn’t believe it. These old cells were looking like young cells. It was like magic,” she said. “I repeated the experiments several times and in each case, the cells rejuvenated. I am very excited by the implications and potential of this research.”
So instead of spending our money on cosmetics, perhaps we should be spending it on a daily portion of blueberries, and the odd glass of red wine and a couple of pieces of good quality dark chocolate!