A new study has discovered that an ancient superfruit might be the key to keeping your muscles young: pomegranate.
We already know that pomegranates are a powerful antioxidant that reduce inflammation and can even destroy parasites in your body.
But now, Swiss researchers have isolated a compound that can actually make your muscle cells regenerate, clearing out the parts of the cells that don’t work anymore (usually, the mitochondria, or the “power house” of the cells) and putting to use the parts that still do work.
Elderly mice who were given the compound, called urolithin A, were able to run 42 per cent longer. They also tested their theory on worms, which were able to live 45 per cent longer than the worms not exposed to the compound.
Imagine… having the strength and endurance to last longer… bringing you right back to the days when you were at your peak, and you felt like you could keep going… forever!
Now, pomegranates don’t actually contain urolithin A – but when most people eat them, their bodies produce it on their own.
The only catch? You’ve got to have the right bacterial environment in your gut, or your body won’t produce the urolithin A at all.
Knowing this, companies are of course in a race to extract the urolithin A and to turn it into a drug for profit – but you don’t need to wait for them to finish conducting their research in order to reap the benefits.
First, get your gut flora in check. Following the Paleo diet is a good start, but I recommend that all my patients take a daily probiotic with multiple bacterial strains.
Second, get plenty of pomegranate – but beware of juices and other processed foods with added sugars. Fresh, organic pomegranates are still exotic in some parts of the country, so if you can’t find them (or at least a package of the seeds), you should be able to get pomegranate supplements in capsule form at your local health food store.
But why stop with pomegranate? Bulk up on other antioxidant foods that your body can use to produce urolithin A, including:
• black raspberries
• red raspberries
Eat them all, and you’ll slow the aging and damage to the inside of your body, cut your heart disease risk, fight infection, and even improve your vision and memory.
Just make sure they’re organic.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Swiss biotech company tests anti-aging promise of pomegranates, foxnews.com/health/2016/07/12/swiss-biotech-company-tests-anti-aging-promise-pomegranates.html
Pomegranate finally reveals its powerful anti-aging secret, sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160711120533.htm
Ellagitannins, ellagic acid and their derived metabolites: A review about source, metabolism, functions and health, sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0963996911002572