New chocolate bar promises to reverse the signs of aging

Love chocolate and want to look more youthful? Now it appears you might be able to combine those two desires by purchasing Esthechoc, otherwise known…

A new brand of dark chocolate is proven to reverse signs of aging. (Shutterstock)

Love chocolate and want to look more youthful? Now it appears you might be able to combine those two desires by purchasing Esthechoc, otherwise known as Cambridge Beauty Chocolate.

Before you shake your head and toss beauty chocolate aside with all the other bizarre fads to hit the market lately, this product has gone the extra step and has scientific evidence to support its claims.

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This should come as no surprise since the developer of Esthechoc is a former researcher at Cambridge University.

“Developed and patented by a spinoff from Cambridge University, Esthechoc is the result of 10 years of extensive independent research on cocoa polyphenols and free radicals, as well as clinical exploration and numerous trials,” states the website. “Over 3000 patients have participated in medical research and clinical tests. 5 prestigious grants and awards have been obtained and 2 patents have been granted (US and EU), with 3 patent applications pending in 35 countries.”

Called “advanced functional beauty dark chocolate,” Cambridge Beauty Chocolate is touted to enhance circulation in the skin, which in turn supports skin nutrition, oxygen saturation and detoxification.

This is achieved through the inclusion of Astaxanthin natural extract derived from algae and cocoa Epicatechin ( a form of polyphenol). These natural ingredients, combined with the already-present antioxidants in dark chocolate seem to be a winning recipe.

Dark chocolate is in moderation

Some experts say dark chocolate in general may be anti-aging. (Shutterstock)

“We saw that inflammation in the skin started to go down and the tissues began to benefit,” Ivan Petyaev, founder of Esthechoc, told The Telegraph. “We used people in their 50s and 60s and in terms of skin biomarkers we found it had brought skin back to the levels of a 20 or 30 year old. So we’ve improved the skin’s physiology.”

Dark chocolate alone has some amazing effects on health, indicate materials from the University of Michigan. Naturally high in antioxidants known as flavonoids, dark chocolate may improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, improve mood, improve cognitive function, and increase natural nutrient intake.

The benefits are so numerous, some Esthechoc skeptics feel the anti-aging claim may not be unique to Cambridge Beauty Chocolate but may actually be a benefit of any dark chocolate.

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“Chocolate naturally contains flavanols, which are antioxidants,” Registered Dietitian Keri Gans told Yahoo Health, indicating anti-aging benefits are expects from any high-quality dark chocolate bar. “It appears that this is strictly a marketing ploy to get the consumer to purchase their product.”

Until more research is conducted on dark chocolate in general, however, only Esthechoc has the data to back up its claims, and at $54 a box, it certainly should.