Stop Muscle Loss by Eating This Fruit Every Day

Stop Muscle Loss by Eating This Fruit Every Day
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Muscle loss (or muscular atrophy) is something that can happen to any of us, even when we lead health-conscious lives. Recent research has uncovered a biological “trigger” for muscle loss, and two compounds that can stop that “trigger” from being pulled.

This news means that people who are especially vulnerable to muscle loss, such as the elderly, can now prevent muscular weakness from setting in, and may even be able to reverse prior muscular atrophy (Muscle atrophy is when muscles waste away) — simply by eating two delicious and good-for-you foods.


The Age-Muscle Connection

As our bodies age, they become prone to muscular weakening. Although this is a natural part of growing older, it can leave people more susceptible to serious injuries, like broken bones due to falling (this could also be a result of bone loss so make sure to read my article about the 4 steps for preventing bone loss).

According to WebMD, muscles continue to grow larger and stronger from the time of birth up until around age 30; people can lose as much as 3 to 5 percent of their muscle mass every 10 years after their 30th birthday. After the age of 75, atrophy tends to accelerate.


This weakening of muscles can make life more difficult and less enjoyable when we reach our senior years, as the loss of strength, agility and stamina can prevent us from doing things like gardening or hiking—even just walking can become a perilous task when muscle weakness is present.

Although muscular atrophy as we get older is natural, a new study has shown that it is not at all necessary. In fact, one simple dietary change can stop muscle loss from occurring or keep it from worsening if it is already in progress.

Apple and Green Tomatoes Can Halt Muscle Loss

You might be surprised to learn that the key to stopping and even reversing muscle loss lies within two very common fruits: apples and green tomatoes.


By eating these two fruits every day, you can keep your muscles strong and healthy over the long term, regardless of your age. Who would have thought a few apple slices or a serving of green salsa could be so powerful?

How it Works: Ursolic Acid and Tomatidine

A team of researchers from the University of Iowa found that two compounds appeared to have an inhibiting effect on ATF4, the genetic transcription factor responsible for age-related muscular weakening: the ursolic acid in the peel of an apple, and tomatidine in green tomatoes1.

These two substances can act as a kill switch for the expression of the muscle-deteriorating ATF4.

The findings which were published online Sept. 3 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, could lead to new therapies for age-related muscle weakness and atrophy.


The researchers found that after two months of having ursolic acid and tomatidine added to their diet, the rodent subjects showed significant increases in both muscle mass and muscular strength, with mass increasing by 10 percent and strength increasing by 30 percent.

An Apple a Day Really Could Keep the Doctor Away

This latest research, which is about to continue in human clinical trials, could lead to new supplements on the market soon, but why wait when you can get the same benefits from eating fresh, raw fruit?

Apples are tasty and healthy, and green tomatoes are a yummy treat.

Eat an apple per day (and a green tomato, too! which you can eat raw in a salad to add tangy flavor and crisp texture) and fortify your muscles against age-related atrophy by pushing the ATF4 “off” button.

Caution: Apples are Heavily Sprayed

You need to be aware that apples topped the 2015 “Dirty Dozen” list of the most pesticide-contaminated produce for the fourth year in a row. Your best option is to buy organic apples or alternatively you can use this natural ingredient to remove pesticides from your fruits and vegetables.

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4 Responses to Stop Muscle Loss by Eating This Fruit Every Day

  1. Brian says:

    Is it apple AND green tomato or apple OR green tomato?

    • Jenny says:

      You can eat either or both.

      • Donald Ponder says:

        Many studies based on supplementing are said to be NOT transferable to consumption of the original vegetables, fruits or herbs and spices,either because you would have to eat impossibly large quantities or they are not as bioavailable! What is your opinion about this?

        • Jenny says:

          Hi Donald, there is a lot of truth in what you say, but even when taking supplements, often they don’t have good bio-availability too. For example: turmeric absorption is relatively low in the body, and therefore it is recommended to consume it with some type of fat or black pepper. Many supplements contain piperine (the extract of black pepper) to aid the supplement absorption, but some of them don’t have it. The same issue with vitamin D supplement – it’s recommended to consume it with fat for better absorption as vitamin D is fat soluble. But many people don’t do it. So as you can see, even the bio-availability of supplements can be compromised and is not necessarily better than consuming the raw food itself. Another point – I agree that the advantage in supplements is that you can indeed supplement your body with the nutrient, whereas you would need to consume a large quantity of raw food for that. In some cases, when you need a large therapeutic dosage of the nutrient, it’s sometimes better to take it as a supplement. For example, arthritis patients need relatively large amount of turmeric to treat the inflammation, so supplement will be a better option. But even with that I’ve once read that it is recommended to take turmeric in capsule form rather than as tablets as tablets are heated, and a stabilizer is added to help them hold their shape. Heating reduces the potency of the herb, whereas capsules are freeze-dried, thus remaining fresher. So even when taking supplements, you need to know what to choose. Another example: many turmeric supplements contain a small amount of the active ingredient curcumin, and actually taking them is a waste of money. Many garlic supplements contain a relatively small amount of allicin and will not benefit much. Another example: to get enough selenium in your body, you only need 2 Brazil nuts a day. In this case, many people would prefer to eat the nut itself rather than taking a supplement. The bottom line is that often it’s hard to find a perfect solution, and you should look at your specific case and the dosage required. Often there is not a simple solution or a general rule that applies for everyone.

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