I’m usually pretty skeptical when it comes to weight loss supplements. Too many fail to deliver meaningful results. That’s not to say that supplements can’t help you lose weight. They can. Some work quite well. But there’s far more disappointment with these supplements than real results.
Based on that, I was naturally skeptical when I saw another report on a supplement that fights obesity. But this report caught my eye.
Several months ago, I told you about a supplement that helps you build muscle. Well, as you may know, muscle burns more calories than fat does. So a supplement that helps you build muscles would, in turn, help your body burn more calories. And, as you burn more calories, you lose weight (assuming you don’t increase your intake of calories).
This sounds good in theory. But does it hold up under the scrutiny of science? The answer appears to be yes!
In this study, researchers gave mice the compound ursolic acid. Ursolic acid isn’t a commonly known compound, but its source is very well known. It comes from the peel of an apple. And apple peel is the supplement we know builds muscle.
To find out if ursolic acid helps burn calories, the researchers divided the mice into two groups. They fed both groups a high-fat diet, expecting them to gain weight. Then they augmented the food of one group with ursolic acid. Here’s what they found.
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The group eating the food containing ursolic acid actually ate more calories than the other group. In spite of this, they didn’t gain as much weight as the other group, indicating the ursolic acid did prevent weight gain.
While the researchers acknowledged the main mechanism was the muscle-building attributes of ursolic acid, they were surprised to find this wasn’t the only mechanism. They also found that this compound increases a substance called brown fat. Now, that sounds bad. But brown fat is actually a fantastic fat burner. Brown fat burns regular white fat and helps you lose weight. Many studies have found that obese people have very little brown fat. So ursolic acid's ability to increase it can help fight obesity. But that’s not all it does.
Because brown fat is such a super calorie burner, it also helps burn off excess glucose, reducing your blood sugar. And because it burns off white fat, it can prevent fatty liver disease. All of this means that apple peels may be one of your best weapons against weight gain, diabetes, and liver disease.
So make sure you eat plenty of apples. Yes, an apple or two a day may keep the doctor away. And if you have weight problems, pre-diabetes or diabetes, or liver problems, then you may want to take an apple peel supplement, such as AppleBoost. Not only will it help you build muscles, but you’ll get these other benefits as well.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.