Make Your Own Urolithin A by Making This “Yogurt” – Maybe!

Urolithin A has some purported anti-aging benefits, including removing old mitochondria and promoting the production of healthy new ones. See this study: “Urolithin A as a Potential Agent for Prevention of Age-Related Disease: A Scoping Review”.

However, UA is expensive, and some people don’t like buying it because the Mitopure brand, which manufacturers it (then sells it to different companies to distribute) is a subsidiary of Nestlé, a brand I’m personally boycotting. (The boycott has nothing to do with this article, but if you’re curious about it, see this link).

So make your own

I experimented recently with making my own UA “yogurt”. My recipe:

  • Start with some organic half-and-half (1/2 whole fat milk, 1/2 light cream)
  • It’s probably good to boil the half and half to kill any competing bacteria, but I usually don’t because the kind I buy is ultra-pasteurized.
  • If you boil it, let it cool down to around 102° F.
  • In a separate container, mix 1 tablespoon of inulin with three capsules of Solaray Bacillus Coagulas.
  • Add a little milk to the mixture and stir well, then add it to the half and half.
  • Cover and ferment overnight.
  • After fermenting, stir in some fresh pomegranate arils, or pomegranate powder, or concentrate.
  • Why this works – or might work: Pomegranate is rich in ellagic acid. Researchers have found that if our gut is populated with the right strain of BC, and we then eat some pomegranate or another source of ellagic acid, our bodies will make their own UA. See this study.

But does it work?

Will the conversion of ellagic acid into UA work with the Solaray Bacillus Coagulas probiotic? I’m not sure, actually, as there are several strains of BC, but I’m hoping it will. I can say that the yogurt is delicious, mild flavored, slightly sweet and slightly tart and very easy to make.

Eating the yogurt should, in any case, help populate my gut with a probiotic which has been found to have many other health benefits – as does ellagic acid.

P.S.

This is from a recent article about ellagic acid published in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centerr

Ellagic acid is a naturally occurring compound called a tannin, found in red raspberries, strawberries, pomegranates, and walnuts. In laboratory studies, ellagic acid showed antiviral, antibacterial and antioxidant and cancer-preventive properties.

Not medical advice

This article is not intended as, and should not be taken as, medical advice. I’m not advising that people eat any particular diet or take any particular supplement(s), just reporting on what I’m doing. Supplements, like medications and other interventions, can have side effects; I would encourage people to research both possible benefits and side effects before starting on any supplementation regimen, and consult with a medical professional about any issues which might have a medical component.  See full Medical Disclaimer

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