Volume 93 Issue 37 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 21, 2015

Chemical Fountain Of Youth Explained

Health And Nutrition: Scientists uncover mechanism of how steroidal compounds in apples and green tomatoes relieve age-related muscle atrophy
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: tomato, steroid, natural product, muscle atrophy, dietary supplement, nutrition

Scientists at the University of Iowa have shown over the past four years that the steroidlike compounds ursolic acid and tomatidine, which are naturally found in apples and in green tomatoes, respectively, boost the growth of human muscle cells in lab cultures and are potent inhibitors of age-related muscle atrophy in mice. The team led by Christopher M. Adams believes the compounds could become valuable medicines or nutritional supplements to help . . .

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