Pomegranates could be the next super fruit since a recent study uncovered its secret potential to boost muscle strength and help to counteract the ageing. According to the researches, the intake of pomegranate juice leads to the production of the molecule Urolithin A in our body.
Urolithin A has been found to re-establish the cell’s ability to recycle the components of the defective mitochondria. While ageing, we increasingly struggle to to recycle the mitochondria — the powerhouse of the cells — and are no longer able to carry out their vital function and thus gets accumulated in the cell.
This molecule gets transformed by microbes in the gut which enables muscle cells to protect themselves from ageing and also increases muscle mass.
The molecule has been found to re-establish the cell’s ability to recycle the components of the defective mitochondria. The build-up of dysfunctional mitochondria is associated with many conditions of ageing, such as Parkinson’s disease.
Old mice were fed this molecule which resulted in their running increased by 45 per cent. Excited scientists have already set up a company, Amazentis, to exploit the discovery. Early clinical trials testing finely calibrated doses of the molecule in human patients are now under way in a number of European hospitals.
EPFL co-author Chris Rinsch, chief executive of Amazentis, said, “For Urolithin A to be produced in our intestines, the bacteria must be able to break down what we’re eating. When, via digestion, a substance is produced that is of benefit to us, natural selection favours both the bacteria involved and their host.”
“This clinical study also evaluates the safety of different doses of Urolithin A. Additionally, we are evaluating certain biomarkers of mitochondrial function in this study”, he said. He added that precisely what kind of human gut bacteria are responsible for Urolithin A production is currently unknown.
It may not make you immortal, but the saviour disguised as a fruit can be your key to youthful skin.