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An Apple A Day – Keeps Obesity Away?

June 22, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A natural substance found in apple peels known as ursolic acid not only helps increase muscle mass and strength, it also seems to reduce obesity, pre-diabetes and fatty liver disease, new U.S. research in mice has found. The scientists believe the increased muscle mass from intake of ursolic acid may explain the reduction in obesity. But they also found that ursolic acid increased brown fat, an efficient calorie burner, in mice fed a high-fat diet. Their next step is to test the effect of ursolic acid in clinical trials.
Kunkel SD et al., "Ursolic Acid Increases Skeletal Muscle and Brown Fat and Decreases Diet-Induced Obesity, Glucose Intolerance and Fatty Liver Disease", PLoS ONE, June 22, 2012, © Kunkel et al.
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