Here's why pomegranates can help fight ageing
As we age, our cells increasingly struggle 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.
Pomegranates are found with a potential to boost muscle strength and help to counteract the ageing, say researchers. The findings showed that when we drink the pomegranate juice, our body produces Urolithin A -- a molecule. When this molecule gets transformed by microbes in the gut, it enables the muscle cells to protect themselves against ageing and also increases muscle mass.
As we age, our cells increasingly struggle to recycle the mitochondria -- the powerhouse of the cells -- and are no longer able to carry out their vital function and thus get accumulated in the cell.
This degradation affects the health of many tissues, including muscles, which gradually weaken over the years and leads to age-related various diseases.
However, pomegranate itself doesn't contain the miracle molecule, but rather its precursor, the researchers said. Depending on the species of animal and the flora present in the gut microbiome, the amount of urolithin A produced can vary widely. For those without the right microbes in their guts, urolithin A are not produced, they noted.
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.
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