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Reversing Muscle Atrophy With Food: Eating Apples, Green Tomatoes May Increase Muscle Strength

Sep 13, 2015 05:41 PM By Samantha Olson

Compounds found in fruit skins may be able to prevent muscles from aging and getting weaker. 


Muscles become weaker with age, but a new study may have found how to restore an elderly person’s strength to that of a young adult. Researchers from the University of Iowa have found a compound in tomatoes and apples can turn off a protein responsible for aging muscles. The study, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, could lead to a new line of supplements and drugs for treating muscle weakness.

Spicy foods may help you live longer, says a new study

By Liza Lucas, Special to CNN


Updated 9:44 AM ET, Fri August 7, 2015

A new study from China has found that eating spicy food may have health benefits.

Story highlights

  • People who ate spicy foods had a 14% lower risk of premature death

  • The study points to the benefits of capsaicin, a bioactive ingredient in chili peppers

  • Research is needed to determine whether spicy food provides a protective effect

(CNN)Hot, hot, hot foods are the focus of new research released this week suggesting that eating fiery ingredients such as chili peppers may do more than burn your tongue. These foods may help you live longer.

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