Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have uncovered a molecule in the pomegranate fruit which can prolong the lifespan of animal models. The co-authors who published in Nature went to co-found a biotech Amazentis to develop the wonder molecule into clinical trials.
There are many underlying factors to what happens to our bodies as we age. However, our obsession with how to find that one ‘cure’ for aging is in part why stories like that of BioViva, whose CEO underwent experimental gene therapy outside the US to reduce her age, have risen to infamy.
But the most accessible route by which people look to combat the onset of age-related chronic diseases is through nutrition and access to ‘superfoods‘. The pomegranate fruit, Punica granatum, is one such example of a superfood loaded with anti-oxidants, making the fruit exceptionally popular in the food and drinks industries. Now we know precisely why; intestinal bacteria in our guts transform a molecule contained in the fruit to spectacular effect.