Re­vers­ing Mus­cle Loss

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With­out reg­u­lar re­sis­tance train­ing, we lose mus­cle as we age. But cer­tain nu­tri­ents can re­verse the process, ac­cord­ing to a Cana­dian study at McMaster Univer­sity in Hamil­ton, On­tario. A group of 49 healthy men with an av­er­age age of 73 took a com­bi­na­tion of th­ese sup­ple­ments twice daily: 30 grams of whey protein, 2.5 grams of cre­a­tine, 500 IU of vi­ta­min D, and 400 mg of cal­cium, as well as a once- daily fish oil sup­ple­ment that con­tained 1,400 mg of EPA and 890 mg of DHA. Af­ter six weeks, they gained as much mus­cle as they would nor­mally lose in a year ( 700 grams). For an­other six weeks, adding an ex­er­cise pro­gram to the sup­ple­ment reg­i­men im­proved mus­cle strength even fur­ther.

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