A new study done by the University of Iowa shows that protein powders and meat may not be the only way to build muscle. All you may need are two very common fruits — apples and tomatoes. (Yes, tomatoes are technically fruits!)
As we age, a depletion of a certain protein called ATF4 occurs. ATF4 is essential for muscle strength and growth, and so if the protein slowly depletes, so does our muscle strength, and the actual muscles themselves. Researchers have found that ursolic acid (in apple peels) and tomatidine (found in green tomatoes) “starve” AT4F levels, which leads to an increase in muscle strength.
The study was done on mice suffering from weak muscles. Over two months, a group of these mice were fed a diet with “0.27 percent ursolic acid or 0.05 percent tomatidine,” while another group didn’t receive either of the substances.
The mice given the ursolic acid or tomatidine presented a “10 percent increase in muscle mass and a 30 percent increase in muscle strength.”
Even though this is a small study, it should serve as a reminder that eating meat or diary isn’t the only way to strengthen muscles. Choosing a plant-based or even a vegan diet is a perfectly healthy alternative as long as you do your research in terms of getting proper vitamins, nutrients and proteins.
Fried green tomatoes, anyone?
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