Would you believe us if we told you that you could remain muscular and strong for life just by adding more fruit to your diet?
If that seems too good to be true, it’s not — at least according to recent University of Iowa findings. The researchers behind the Journal of Biological Chemistry study, discovered that tomatidine, a compound found in green tomato skins and ursolic acid, which is found in apple peels, both down-regulate, or, turn off, the ATF4 protein responsible for the age-related loss of muscle mass.
To come to this finding, the research team measured the muscle mass of a group of elderly mice and then divided them into groups. Some of the mice were given diets rich in ursolic acid or tomatidine while the remaining mice served as a control group. At the conclusion of the study, the researchers re-measured the rodent’s muscle mass. They found that the animals fed tomatidine and ursolic acid had increased their muscle mass by 10 percent. But more, impressively, their muscle strength increased by 30 percent, putting their strength on par with young adult mice.
The research team says that their discovery could lead to a new line of supplements and drugs for treating muscle weakness, but we see no need to wait to reap the benefits. To safeguard your hard-earned muscle, head to your local market and pick up some green tomatoes and apples. Though we can’t be certain the results will be the same, it can’t hurt to consume more health-promoting produce. And for even better results, be sure to eat some of these Vegetables for Muscle and Strength.
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