Protein ATF4 can alter gene expression in skeletal muscle, in turn causing a reduction of “…protein synthesis, strength and mass” (University of Iowa Health Care, 2015).
The same study identified two natural compounds (ursolic acid, and tomatidine) which reduce ATF4 activity in aging muscles. These compounds can be found in organic apples and green tomatoes.
So it’s true…! An apple a day keeps the doctor away!?
Adams, the lead researcher on the study states that “…by reducing ATF4 activity, ursolic acid and tomatidine allow skeletal muscle to recover from effects of aging” (University of Iowa Health Care, 2015)
So if you are suffering from, or want to take preventative measures against aging muscles pick up some apples and green tomatoes (make sure they are organic!)!
Dr. Patrick Lovegrove is board certified by the American Board of Family Physicians. He was born in Staunton, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Virginia where he majored in Biology. He received a Medical School Scholarship from the United States Air Force. A graduate of Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, his over 20 years of clinical experience includes Family Practice, Anti-aging, Holistic Internal Medicine, Pain Management, Aerospace, Sports, and Emergency Medicine. He believes that holistic medicine should be integrated with conventional medicine in a scientifically based model to achieve the best results for patients.