20 Jun '11, 9pm

An apple a day really does keep the doctor away, say scientists

RESEARCHERS have discovered that ursolic acid - a substance found in the fruit's peel - has natural body building qualities and could help people keep a toned, slender body. It could even help with diabetes. In experiments, they discovered that it boosts muscle growth by up to 15 per cent and reduces body fat by more than half. It also has health giving properties - reducing blood sugar levels, cholesterol and harmful fatty acids, according to the new study. Dr Christopher Adams, the study leader at the University of Iowa, said the substance could be especially useful in the elderly who naturally lose body muscle, known as atrophy. "The old saying goes that 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'," he said. "Muscle atrophy causes big problems. It's also very common - it affects most people at some point in their lives, during illness or ageing. But, there's no medicine for ...

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