Fighting Fat While Sparing Precious Muscle
When it comes to getting in shape, do you ever find yourself in a “catch 22”? Coined in the early 1960s, this expression refers to a no-win situation – one where solving one part of a problem only creates another. Picture this as an example: You clean out the junk in your diet, you begin hitting the gym, and you lose 15 pounds. Great! Mission accomplished, right? Maybe not. In your effort to lose unwanted weight, you’ve also lost a precious commodity – muscle. Your waistline may be smaller, but your body is soft, lacking definition. You’ve solved one part of the problem (the number on your scale), only to encounter another (loss of muscle tone). This is the reality for many – having to choose between fat loss and muscle growth. If only there was a way to achieve both …
Trust the Old Adage
As it turns out, an apple a day does more than keep the doctor away. A naturally occurring ingredient found in apple peels (ursolic acid) has actually been shown to support fat loss and muscle growth … and not just one or the other. People who are especially concerned about sparing – and ultimately building – muscle can be confident knowing that Labrada’s new Ursolic Acid Lean Muscle Optimizer has their goals for a lean, defined body in mind. That’s because ursolic acid has been shown to affect molecular pathways that could actually prevent muscle loss and weakness. In studies involving both humans and mice, ursolic acid helped counteract the catabolic effects of fasting/dieting. Meanwhile, in studies with just mice, this natural ingredient was found to protect against muscle atrophy (or decrease in muscle mass). In fact, when ursolic acid was added to the food of normal, non-fasted mice, their muscles grew.
While ursolic acid as a dietary supplement has only recently come into the spotlight, early findings are extremely promising and human clinical trials continue. Because medicinal plants containing ursolic acid have been used in folk medicine for centuries, you can be confident this ingredient is natural, safe, and effective.
Fat Loss Anyone?
In the previously mentioned study where mice experienced muscle growth when given ursolic acid, it was also found that the mice became leaner and had lower blood levels of glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides. This, again, is that coveted combination that many of us strive for – muscle growth and fat loss rolled into one. Supplementing with Labrada’s Ursolic Acid could make all the difference. As further shown in studies, mice that were fed ursolic acid and a high-fat diet had significantly decreased body weights, abdominal (visceral) adiposity, and levels of blood glucose and plasma lipids compared to mice on the same diet but without the ursolic acid supplement. Diet and activity levels were the same for both groups; the only “edge” was the ursolic acid. The question then remains: What could Ursolic Acid do for you?
It All Comes Back to Better Health
Labrada’s Ursolic Acid hasn’t just been designed to help you look better. It even supports cardiovascular health, making it a beneficial supplement for dieters and athletes of all ages. Because Ursolic Acid can help reduce bodyfat and blood sugar levels, it provides nutritional support that may be beneficial for both obesity and diabetes. It also plays a role in bone and joint health.
WANT TO DIG DEEPER INTO THE SCIENCE?
While studies continue on ursolic acid and its role in fat loss, muscle sparing, and the prevention of various health conditions, you can view some of the current research by Monica Mollica BSc , MSc. below.