There's a reason opening a new jar gets harder as we get older. As we age, we lose muscle mass and strength--not just in our hands, but all over.
Why our muscles weaken has been a mystery, but scientists at the University of Iowa have begun to solve that puzzle. And, even better, they've discovered two natural compounds--one in apple peels, the other in green tomatoes--that can build back muscle strength to a young adult's levels.
Both compounds, researchers found, have the ability to reduce the negative effects of a protein responsible for reducing muscle strength and mass. Of course, the experiments were done on elderly mice, but the results were impressive. The scientists found that both compounds increased muscle mass by 10 percent, and increased muscle strength by 30 percent.
Of course, you should be eating apples, anyway, since the nutrients in this fall fruit can help you regulate blood sugar, promote heart health, and even reduce the risk of cancer (especially colon cancer). Just remember to eat unpeeled ones for the best benefits.
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