Fruit of youth

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Bright-coloured fruits are es­pe­cially high in an­tiox­i­dants, which pro­tect you from cel­lu­lar dam­age caused by free rad­i­cals in the body. Re­cently, sci­en­tists found a strong link be­tween pomegranates and urolithin A, a com­pound that’s known to counter the ef­fects of age­ing. Pomegranate seeds con­tain chem­i­cals that trig­ger the pro­duc­tion of urolithin A dur­ing di­ges­tion. When tested on an­i­mals, the lifes­pan of worms in­creased by 45 per cent, while adult mice showed a 42 per cent higher en­durance while run­ning than equally old mice. More stud­ies are un­der­way to ex­am­ine the ef­fect on hu­mans. Mean­while, no harm load­ing up on these nu­tri­tious red ru­bies. Be­sides eat­ing them on their own, add pomegranate seeds to yo­gurt, ce­real and sal­ads for ex­tra crunch.

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