A group of Swiss researchers headed by Johan Overa from the Federal Polytechnic school of Lausanne found that one of the ingredients of pomegranate has unique useful properties. With this component, the body begins to produce urolithin And that can strengthen muscles, slow down aging and significantly extend life — at least, in favor of this assumption is confirmed by results of experiments on laboratory mice and worms, according to experts.
At one stage of their study, the researchers introduced urolithin And round worms Caenorhabiditis elegans, after which the nematodes lived 45% longer than worms from control groups. Inspired by the success, the researchers conducted a similar experiment with mice and found that aged rodents, which introduced urolithin And, when running turned out to be 42 per cent stronger than the rest.
In the future experts hope to conduct tests that would test the applicability of the findings to humans. The researchers emphasize that the worms and the mice were given “ready” urolithin, and he in garnet does not contain. However, when the consumption of pomegranate juice in the food a person receives necessary substances, of which urolithin And is synthesized directly in the body.
According to the researchers, urolithin And contributes to the process of removing damaged mitochondria and the emergence of new. Mitochondria are sometimes called the “power plants of cells”, and not enough or poor quality work is fraught, including muscle weakness and acceleration of the aging process. This, according to the researchers, explains the benefits of pomegranates.
Nematode worms are often used by scientists as a model organism in the study of processes associated with aging. This is partly due to the fact that these organisms reach the “elderly” age a little more than a week, and the concomitant processes can be observed in them very clearly. In particular, recently, in experiments on round worms, scientists have found that the taste and smell of food can accelerate the aging process, and another group of researchers even stated that she was able to determine the list of substances on the basis of which could be created by life-prolonging drug.Related posts: