The humble pomegranate may old the secret to a long and healthy life.
Scientists say the Middle Eastern fruit contains a ‘miracle’ ingredient that strengthens ageing muscles and extends life. With experiments in worms and mice producing results that ‘are nothing sort of amazing’, they are now testing the fountain of youth supplement on people.
Even something as simple as keeping muscles young could reduce the number of falls among the elderly and increase independence, allowing people to live in their own homes for longer. The Swiss scientists said: ‘We believe this research is a milestone in anti-ageing efforts.’
Their excitement centres on the pomegranate’s ability to keep mitochondria, the tiny 'battery packs' that power our cells, charged up. Normally, mitochondria run down with age, making them less effective or even toxic and, it is thought, leading to muscle weakening and frailty. However, chemicals in pomegranates are turned into a compound called urolithin A by the bugs that live in the gut.
The urolithin A then helps the body recycle these drained battery packs, recharging cells and holding ageing at bay.
Source - Daily Mail