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Apple skin strengthens muscles

manzana-musculosTheursolic acid, a substance present in the skin of apples,reduces muscle wasting and promotes muscle growth, as revealed by a study published in the journalCell Metabolism.

By administering ursolic acid to laboratory mice, endocrinologist Christopher Adams and his colleagues at the University of Iowa (USA) found that it increased the size and strength of their muscles, and that it did.helping two hormones that increase muscle: growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and insulin. In addition to its effect on the muscles, the treatment had other surprising beneficial effects, such asreduction of fat in the body, and a decrease in blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides.

In the experiments, the scientists proved that mice fed ursolic acid were protected from muscle atrophy caused by fasting and nerve damage, while healthy mice fed ursolic acid developed larger and stronger muscles than mice whose diet did not include this substance.

Now it remains to find out if the effect in humans is the same. If so, it could have immediate applications. “Themuscular atrophycauses big problems, “said University of Iowa endocrinologist Christopher Adams and lead author of the study, adding that” it is very common and affects most people at some point in their life, either due to illness or disease. get older”.


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