Maintaining Muscle Health with Age - The Power of Pomegranate

Posted on Fri, 01 Dec 2017  Comments: 1

If you’re over the age of 40 you might not be aware of an important fact: the amount of muscle you have in your body at 55 years old does not increase and may be in decline.  That’s right, muscle health declines as you age, and it can be difficult to maintain with exercise alone.

Recently the power of pomegranate, the little red fruit you know as difficult to peel, has been found to have some very powerful components inside it.  Specifically, compounds known as Ellagitannins.

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Ellagitannins that we consume in food are converted into ellagic acid in the upper portion of the gastrointestinal tract and further metabolized in the large intestine by bacteria into the compound Urolithin A. 

Urolithin A (Uro A) is found naturally in the human body when you eat various foods containing ellagitannins such as a pomegranate, berries and walnuts.  There are significant differences in urolithin production among individuals that is likely due to differences in the composition of bacteria we each have inside our guts.

Urolithin A is a breakthrough in muscle health because it supports mitochondria – the power plants of our cells.  Mitochondria ages, just like the rest of our body, and as we enter our fifties the function of our mitochondria can begin to be less effective.  Exercise is great, but you may not have the time to be as active as you want. 

Discovering breakthrough compounds such as Urolithin A can help our bodies achieve optimal health by repairing and clearing faulty and dysfunctional mitochondria.  This improves their overall function and along with proper diet and exercise provides the endurance and strength we desire as we age.  Urolithin A is derived from natural sources, is safe and uses a unique and highly effective mechanism of action.

KGK Science Inc is currently conducting a clinical research study in London to evaluate the effects of this substance on muscle health in men and women ages 40 to 65 who have some extra weight to lose and want to be more physically active.  Participants in this study benefit from completing isokinetic evaluations on a dynamometer (Biodex®) to improve muscle function while also measuring muscle strength and movement.  Additionally participants complete a safe and non-invasive DEXA scan which provides body composition analysis accurately measuring percentages of body fat and muscle.  Lastly along with a physical assessment our study will be examining metabolomics (metabolic profiling) with blood tests measuring specific metabolites and biomarkers not available to the general public.

As a participant you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of cutting edge nutrition research that will bring scientifically tested novel products for muscle health to your local health food store.   

We are currently looking for participants who are interested in taking part in this new research. All records relating to your identity and study participation are confidential under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. KGK’s clinical trials are conducted under the direction of a Medical Director and Principal Investigator. All studies are reviewed by an independent ethics review board, follow Good Clinical Practice, and are approved by Health Canada and an Ethics Board.

Each study has its own guidelines – eligibility criteria. To ensure the strongest results, researchers want study participants to be alike in key ways. Examples of eligibility criteria for a treatment trial might be age, gender, weight, height, and/or your previous medical history.

Additional information will be determined upon telephone or online screening. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for you to join this clinical trial. Parking at One London Place will be validated, or bus fare provided, and participants will be compensated up to $1,000 for their time.

Interested participants can call 519-858-8359 or E-Mail Us at to enroll.

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  • Daniel Tussuzian

    By Daniel Tussuzian Sat, 17 Mar 2018

    I’m turning 40 in feb 2019 is it too soon for this study?