Natural Health News As unlikely as it sounds, green tomatoes may hold the answer to bigger, stronger muscles.
In a new study a team of University of Iowa scientists has discovered that tomatidine, a compound from green tomatoes, has a potent muscle-building activity and may even help protect against muscle atrophy.
Muscle atrophy, or wasting, is caused by aging and a variety of illnesses and injuries, including cancer, heart failure, and orthopedic injuries, to name a few. It makes people weak and fatigued, impairs physical activity and quality of life, and predisposes people to falls and fractures.
In the US alone, it affects more than 50 million Americans annually, including 30 million over age 60, and often forces people into nursing homes or rehabilitation facilities.
Muscle atrophy causes many problems for people, their families, and the health care system in general, says lead researcher Christopher Adams, MD, PhD, UI associate professor of …
Ripe, red tomatoes are common in American cuisine, but when an early frost forces farmers to harvest tomato plants, they may find themselves with an abundance of green tomatoes. Although green tomatoes may have initially been an unwelcome discovery, many people enjoy eating them fried, sautéed, in stews or sauces or even pickled to this day. They are rich in antioxidants and B vitamins and may even help fight cancer.
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