New Study Suggests Pomegranate Improves Aging

Pomegranates have shown to be beneficial for heart health, which has prompted researchers to investigate further. A recent Swiss study suggests that pomegranate supplementation helps boost the body’s supply of urolithin A, a molecule produced in the GI tract that helps regenerate mitochondria. The Mitochondria’s role is to digest nutrients and break them down into energy-rich molecules for cells. Adding more urolithin A can activate mitophagy, a process where mitochondria are eliminated, making room for new mitochondria. Lack of removal of old mitochondria causes cells to fill with debris, thus hindering their function. This has been linked with age-related disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and frailty.