Sunday, June 19, 2011

Apple peel helps prevent muscle wasting?

Well maybe our grandmothers were right. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well this was something that I learned anyway.

Now I don't have a problem eating apples, I love them but I know of others who don't mainly because they are gas producing. However it now appears that there may be a compound in the skin of apples that actually prevents muscle wasting but many older people find the skin very difficlut to eat sowhat do we do? Yes thats right, we peel off ths skin which may turn out to be the best part of the apple.

While more research does need to be done, as always, it appears from a study done on mice that the mice who were fed this compound, ursolic acid became leaner and had lower blood levels of glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides. Very intersting.

No doubt there will be drug manufactured sometime in the future with these compounds. So maybe if we keep eating an apple a day (with the skin on) then we may be a much healther group of people who will have strong, healthy, well functioning muscles well into our old age.

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