Getting older isn’t all bad…
Most of us become more financially secure as the years go by.
And retirement means getting to spend more time doing the things we like to do rather than things we have to do.
The downside is what happens to our bodies. We get weaker, slower, and sicker.
But there’s nothing you can do about that, aside from the usual advice about eating right and exercising, right?
Actually, a new study shows there may be something more. It discovered that a natural fruit extract has powerful antiaging properties that work on a cellular level.
The research was published in the journal Nature Metabolism. Scientists gave 60 older people a compound called urolithin A (UA). They gave others a placebo.
Your body makes UA when you eat pomegranates. The fruit is rich in substances called ellagitannins. They convert into UA in your body.
The scientists found that UA improved the functioning of mitochondria in the subjects’ blood and muscles. No other compound is known to do this.
Mitochondria are cells’ powerhouses. They provide energy.
As we age, our bodies lose the ability to recycle defective mitochondria. So we lose energy. And it leads to loss of muscle and helps bring on diseases of aging such as Parkinson’s.
UA slows this degenerative process. It might even reverse it.
Professor Johan Auwerx was on the research team. He said the results “really crystallize how UA could be a game-changer for human health.”
The study backs up previous research by the same team. In 2016, they found that UA lengthened the lifespan of nematode worms by 45%. And it boosted the running endurance of mice by 40%.
Pomegranate Extract: “Gamer-Changer for Human Health”
You can’t get a therapeutic dosage of UA by eating pomegranates. But you can by taking pomegranate extract. It is widely available as a supplement in capsule and powdered forms. You can get it from online retailers and health food stores.
Another option is pomegranate juice, which also contains concentrated amounts of elligitannins that will convert to UA.
Pomegranate has been used as a medicine since at least 1500 BC. It turns out that our ancestors were on to something.
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