30 August 2016

What qualifies the humble pomegranate as a superfood?

What qualifies the humble pomegranate as a superfood? A team of French scientists has recently discovered that the fruit contains a particular molecular compound, called urolithin A, which, once it’s been transformed by the microbes in the digestive system, enables muscle cells to protect themselves against the steady degradation of the mitochondria, the tiny power plants housed in every cell, which is one of the main causes of aging. Initial results on the beneficial effects of the substance have been encouraging but need to be confirmed by human clinical trials.


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