Promising Anti-Aging Ingredient Hidden at Your Grocery Store
If you could live three times as long as the average human lifespan, would you want to do it?
I’m still not sure if I’d want to — it would really depend on my quality of life — but one thing is for sure…
Anti-aging research is really starting to get exciting!
Today, I’m going to tell you about a promising new molecule that could potentially…
– increase your lifespan,
– improve your quality of life as you age,
– and even give your skin cells a “turbocharge” to make you look younger.
So, what’s the molecule and where can you get it?
Well, not so fast…
The testing is still preliminary, and the only place you can find the molecule is actually in your own gut.
It’s called Urolithin A — UA, for short — and your body produces it when you digest a certain delicious (yet hard-to-eat) fruit: pomegranate.
We’ll come back to pomegranates in just a moment, because they have all sorts of amazing health benefits. (I’ll also show you how to get those benefits today with a tasty pomegranate recipe that helps hydrate your skin!)
But first you have to hear what happened when UA was tested on a famous worm species: C. elegans, the first multicellular organism to undergo genome sequencing.
In 2016, when Swiss scientists fed Urolithin A to the worms, they increased their lifespan by an unbelievable 45%!
If the average American woman’s lifespan was increased by 45%, she’d live to be 114 years old!
Next, they tested UA on an animal that has a lot more in common with human beings: mice.
Not only did older mice have 42% better physical endurance with UA, they also had a significant improvement in mitochondrial function.
This is where it gets interesting, because mitochondria — the ‘batteries’ that power our cells — play a big role in aging for all mammals, including humans.
Improving mitochondrial function, the scientists suspected, could be a pathway for UA to reverse the aging process in humans… or at least slow it down.
And just last month, in June 2019, the Swiss research team ran the very first human trial with UA.
The study was conducted on adults 65 years or older, all in good health.
The preliminary results were so promising, they’ve already been published in the prestigious science journal, Nature.
First, they tested for safety and found that consuming UA had zero side-effects, even at 1000mg doses.
But here’s the big news…
The scientists discovered that UA stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis: a process where cells increase the mass of their own mitochondria.
Mitochondria with more mass make stronger “batteries” — keeping the cell healthy, robust, and functioning efficiently.
Patrick Aebischer, co-author of the study, had this to say, “(Urolithin A) is a completely natural substance… its effect is powerful and measurable.”
Now, this doesn’t mean scientists have found a “cure” for mortality, of course!
But UA could prevent age-related problems like the deterioration of muscle and skin tissue.
You’re probably wondering, “What does this mean for my skin?”
As you age, your skin cells lose function — due to an overload of failing mitochondria.
Once mitochondria become useless, they clog up your cells, causing them to shut down.
Wellness guru Naomi Whittel explains how mitochondrial breakdown leads to slower cell turnover… which leads to older-looking skin:
“For the epidermis, so much of what we’re fighting is the sloughing of the skin. Instead of it taking 28 days when you’re younger, it can go up to 50 when you’re older.”
Without healthy new epidermal cells to replace the old ones, your skin begins to lose its firmness, bounce, and glow.
By improving mitochondrial function, you can repower your skin cells.
And skin cells working at max capacity can boost your cell turnover back to full speed — which means reversing visible signs of age!
These study results are preliminary, of course, but very encouraging.
If scientists find a way to fully harness UA, it could completely change the way we age.
Someday, you might even find a City Beauty product that features this molecule!
Just think… all this from the simple pomegranate.
Plus, pomegranates are loaded with restorative antioxidants, which offer additional benefits:
– Help keep arteries healthy
– Promote better circulation & blood-flow
– Boost immune system by protecting against free radicals and oxidative stress.
Studies can’t yet guarantee eating pomegranate will take years off your skin, but I think it’s worth a shot!
In the spirit of summer, pomegranates, and rejuvenation… here’s a healthy recipe good enough to plump up your skin, and make your mouth water.
After all, taking care of your body on the inside is the first step to looking your best on the outside.
Victoria’s Fruitfully Youthful Salad
INGREDIENTS: (serves 2)
– 1 cucumber, chopped
– 3 handfuls of fresh basil leaves, chopped
– The seeds of 1 full pomegranate
– 2 cups of watermelon, cubed
– 1 cup of feta cheese, cubed
– 4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– Balsamic glaze (to taste)
– 1 pinch of sea salt (or to taste)
– Pinch of freshly ground pepper (or to taste)
1. Combine cucumber, basil, pomegranate, watermelon, and feta in a large mixing bowl. Be sure to add the feta last.
2. Season with salt and pepper; mix.
3. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and olive oil, then serve.
This salad is a perfect summer lunch for one, or to share.
I tried this out for my first BBQ this summer — and it was a huge hit with my family and friends!
It’s dense with hydration, and has such light and refreshing flavors.
I’d love for you to give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.