Volume 92 Issue 18 | pp. 27-28
Issue Date: May 5, 2014

Apple Peels Are Good, Green Tomatoes Even Better

A natural steroidal compound from tomatoes protects against muscle atrophy while improving strength and endurance
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: sarcopenia, connectivity map, tomato, steroid, natural product, muscle, dietary supplement, nutrition

The adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may well be extended to green tomatoes. Scientists at the University of Iowa have shown that a natural steroidal compound derived from green tomatoes boosts the growth of human muscle cells in lab cultures and is a potent inhibitor of muscle atrophy in mice.

With further testing, the compound, called tomatidine, could become a valuable prescription medication to help seniors recover from age-related illnesses and . . .

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