Pomegranate Could Help Fight Aging

Posted: Jul 13 2016, 1:23pm CDT | by , Updated: Jul 13 2016, 6:31pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Pomegranate Could Help Fight Aging
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Pomegranate contains a powerful anti-aging ingredient that can boost muscle strength and slow down the aging process.

Pomegranate is an amazingly delicious and nutritious fruit. The fruit is characterized by distinctive red colored jewel-like seeds, tasty nectar and of course, remarkable health benefits. Now, new research reveals yet another benefit of consuming pomegranate juice or seeds.

Pomegranate has magical anti-aging properties. Researchers have identified a molecule that can help rejuvenate cellular function and can reverse the effects of aging on muscles. However, the fruit does not itself contain the miracle molecule. When the molecule found in pomegranate interacts with microbes in intestine, it results in the transformation of Urolithin A and it’s the Urolithin A that does all repairing job.

“It's the only known molecule that can relaunch the mitochondrial clean-up process, otherwise known as mitophagy,” said study co-author Patrick Aebischer. “It's a completely natural substance, and its effect is powerful and measurable.”

As we grow older, our cells struggle to recycle damaged mitochondrial and perform their normal function. The increasing impairment within the cells affects the health of many tissues and muscles and weakens them over the years while Urolithin A has the ability to slow down the aging process.

To assess the effectivness of Urolithin A, tests were initially conducted on animals such rodents that share the same basic physiology and organs to humans. The results of the trials were promising as the older mice with Urolithin A showed better endurance than their counterparts in controlled group, indicating that the molecule can boost muscle strength and protect them from degradation. It can enable cells to restore their failing mitochondria and could lead to better anti-aging products in future.

“We believe this research is a milestone in current anti-aging efforts which have previously focused on traditional pharmaceutical modalities, and illustrates the opportunity of rigorously tested nutritional bioactive agents that we consider to have outstanding potential for human health.” Lead author Johan Auwerx from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, said.

Human clinical trials are currently underway and their results are expected to release next year.

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