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10:08 AM, Jun 13, 2011   |    comments
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An apple a day -- boosts muscle in a big way -- according to experts at the University of Iowa.

Their study in mice shows a compound in apple peels -- called ursolic acid -- can reduce muscle wasting and promote growth.

Mice fed the compound had lower blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides.

They also found mice given the compound gained muscle weight -- but not did not see a spike in overall body weight -- leading them to believe the mice had less body fat.

The researchers hope to move the study to human trials.

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