Who doesn’t like to look young and beautiful? But emerging urban lifestyle, stress and pollution are bringing ageing shades a bit earlier. scientists have found an anti ageing molecule in pomegranate.
An Anti Ageing molecule found in Pomegranate.
Researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have recently discovered an anti ageing molecule in pomegranates that can prevent muscle cells from one of the main cause of ageing. The only catch: such pomegranate molecule must be converted into the anti-ageing ingredient by specific microbes that inhabit the intestines—but only the intestines of some people.
Here’s how it works:
Normal cells regularly swap out old “batteries,” known as mitochondria, for new ones through a process called mitophagy. As you age, that process breaks down and faulty mitochondria begin to build up in your cells.
This is what causes weakness in ageing muscles along with other age-related diseases such as Parkinson’s. The scientists discovered that an anti ageing molecule called urolithin A is able to reboot the renewal process of mitophagy and thereby slow down cells’ ageing process.
In a study of nematode C. elegans, a popular research subject because of the worm’s 10-day lifespan, exposure to urolithin A resulted in them living more than 45% longer. In studies with two-year-old mice, the ageing rodents had 42% better running endurance when exposed to urolithin A. Human studies are currently being held to test a urolithin A supplement, which would bypass the need for specific gut bacteria.