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Forgetting things? Try eating a pomegranate

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If you are forgetting things or struggling to find the right word, start eating pomegranate.

The fruit contains the compound urolithin A, and this can help improve memory and ward off symptoms of cognitive decline that are usually associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, say researchers from the University of Copenhagen.

Strawberries and walnuts also contain the compound.

The researchers have already found that taking NAD (nicotinamide riboside) supplements—which are essentially B3—can also arrest cognitive decline.  It helps remove damaged mitochondria, our cells’ powerhouse, from the brain; the problem—also known as mitophagy—plays a key role in dementia as the brain loses its ability to shed weak mitochondria.

“If you are able to stimulate the mitophagy process, removing weak mitochondria, you will see some positive results,” said Vilhelm Bohr, one of the researchers.

NAD and urolithin A both kickstart mitophagy, but the researchers say they aren’t sure about dosage, especially when it comes to urolithin A, but is likely to be more than just eating a pomegranate a day.

Taking NAD supplements have the benefit of a controlled dose, and the supplements don’t appear to have any side effects.

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References
Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 2024; doi: 10.1002/alz.13847
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