High-Flavonol Cocoa May Protect Skin From UV Rays.

The Miami Herald (7/11) reports that “high-flavonol cocoa protects skin from ultraviolet rays,” according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. For the study, “one group of women ingested 326 mg/d of high flavonol cocoa, rich in the antioxidants epicatechin and catechin, and another group consumed only 27 mg/d over a 12-week period. At the end, the high flavonol group showed decreased sensitivity to UV light…skin hydration and thickness, as well as reduced roughness and scaling.”