Oysters and chocolate may sound like date night, but they may also help defend against the effects of aging. Researchers at Erlangen-Nürnberg University in Germany found that zinc—a mineral found in oysters, beef, and lobster—in combination with an organic compound called quinol that’s found in chocolate (as well as in coffee and tea) can protect the body from oxidative stress, a naturally occurring process of cellular breakdown that accelerates aging.
To get the full anti-aging benefits, aim to get 10 or 11 mg of zinc a day (you’ll get that amount by eating two oysters, or you can take a supplement), and chase it with a small piece of chocolate. Now that’s the kind of health advice we like to hear.
Looking for more ways to fight aging? Follow this dermatologist-approved routine to keep your skin in great shape, and try this resistance training workout to keep your muscle muscle mass strong as you grow older.