The beauty supplement business is booming. Want thicker hair, firmer skin, or stronger nails? There’s pill, powder, or liquid for it all. And now there’s another supplement form to add to the list—chocolate. For 10 years, some British scientists have been tirelessly working to make our dreams come true. They succeeded with Esthechoc, also know as “Cambridge beauty chocolate,” and chocolate-loving beauty fanatics rejoiced—chocolate-loving beauty fanatics in the UK, that is. Until recently, a girl had to find her way to Harrods in order to get her hands on the sweet stuff. Now it’s available in the U.S., though it is quickly flying off the shelves. Intrigued? Keep reading for all the details on the world’s first anti-aging chocolate!
Eat just one square of “beauty chocolate” a day to reduce inflammation, boost microcirculation to the skin, maintain healthy oxygen levels to your skin, and increase antioxidant activity. The secret is the scientists found a way to pack the same amount of free radical–fighting cocoa polyphenols as 100 grams of dark chocolate and equal amounts of the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin as a 300-gram fillet of wild Alaskan salmon into a 7.5-gram square of chocolate. And the unique, patented micellar technology used in the chocolate makes both of these active substances more available and useable to your skin. Basically it’s dark chocolate on steroids—healthy steroids. The claim is that with regular consumption, it can keep your skin functioning efficiently and stop oxidative damage to slow the negative effects of aging.
All of the above means nothing without the science to back it up. Which is why the markers of the supplement conducted a four-week, double-blind trial with 3000 women aged 50 to 60. Within three weeks, participants saw an improvement in the biomarkers of skin that inform us of its condition—namely dryness, loss of elasticity, broken capillaries, and wrinkles. According to the brand, “It increases oxygen saturation of tissues by 47%, improves oxygen transport in plasma, improves oxygen saturation of skin by 87%, reduces oxidative damage related to inflammation by 79%, and significantly improves lymphatic capillary condition. The research proved that both biochemical and metabolic conditions of blood and skin were improved. Better skin nourishment was noticed thanks to microcirculation improvement and higher saturation with oxygen. Skin detoxification processes and protection against free radicals were also intensified.”
The chocolate, which is 72.6% cocoa (a very nutritionist-approved percentage), is only 38 calories (you’d have to eat 500 calories’ worth of regular dark chocolate to get the same amount of polyphenols, by the way) and safe for vegetarians and vegans (though it may contain trace amounts of milk). And while it’s not quite as decadent and delicious as biting into a piece of Godiva, we can attest that the chocolate is tasty. As you’ve probably guessed, anti-aging chocolate doesn’t come cheap. A three-week supply (21 pieces) of Esthechoc costs $49.
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