A team of Swiss scientists from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have just discovered a potential key to rejuvenation called urolithin A (UA).
But pomegranates don’t produce the molecule on their own. After eating the fruit, a natural substance within the fruit, called ellagitannins, are broken down by the intestinal bacterial in the stomach, which converts it into UA. Therefore, maintaining good gut bacteria could also be important.
When humans age, the mitochondria, which are the energy producing units of the cell, begin to degrade over time and lead to muscle weakening. Researchers believe it’s because the compound has the ability to salvage and restore failing mitochondria and holds promise in reversing muscle aging.
However, any foods that contain the compound may do the trick. Elagitannins are found in smaller amounts in many nuts and berries, including strawberries, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, apples, walnuts, pecans, and Brazil nuts.