Skooter reporting 08/11/11
An apple a day keeps the doctor away…
From the chronicles of food cures comes a new study that has discovered something remarkable inside apple peels. It appears it is not only the juicy flesh that rank among the world's healing foods, but also the skin of the apple. This bit of health news focuses on ursolic acid.
Apple peels contained ursolic acid which reduced muscle atrophy according to researchers in the new study. Ursolic acid not only reduced muscle wasting but also promotes muscle growth in mice, reduces fat, blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. It is then recommended that this natural remedy may be useful for treating muscle wasting and possibly metabolic disorders, such as diabetes.
Again speaking of growing old, muscle atrophy is common, it can cause big problems. And to think of it, there is no effective remedy yet that can get rid of this condition. So researchers studied people with atrophy and used the information to look for chemicals that might block the condition. One of those chemicals is ursolic acid and you’re right, apple peels is full of it.
Could it be the reason behind an apple a day keeping the doctor away? Doc Marchione and I believed on this saying. After testing it in mice, researchers found that ursolic acid increased the size and strength of the mice's muscles. It did so by helping two hormones that build muscle: insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1) and insulin.
This boils down to logical thinking that if ursolic acid increases muscle, then it reduces muscle atrophy, plus unexpected benefits that comes along like lowering body fat, blood glucose, and cholesterol.
I’ll give the last words to Dr. Victor Marchione as conclusion to the ursolic acid study.
When searching for a compound that could prevent atrophy, the researchers found that ursolic acid caused a pattern of gene expression that is the opposite of the pattern caused by atrophy. This suggested that ursolic acid might reverse atrophy. In follow-up experiments, the mice fed ursolic acid were indeed protected from muscle atrophy caused by both fasting and nerve damage. Furthermore, healthy mice fed ursolic acid developed larger, stronger muscles than mice that did not receive the compound.
All of this is something to consider for those who tend to peel their apples prior to munching on them. In many fruits, you never know what goodness might be sitting in the roughage that you wind up putting in the compost. Thank you.