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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.