Getting older means getting weaker. You just have to expect it, right? At least, that’s what everyone tells you.
Oh, sure, they might mention protein drinks. Or mumble something about exercise. But the message is still clear.
You simply need to accept your strength is going to shrink with every passing year. Aging will catch up with you one way or another.
Well, my friend, it’s just that kind of thinking that contributes to millions of older Americans losing the battle to a crippling form of muscle loss called sarcopenia. Sarcopenia can leave you weak, prone to injury, and eventually unable to care for yourself.
But the truth is aging doesn’t mean you have to sit back and accept becoming a weak, unrecognizable version of your former self. Because there IS something you can do to fight back.
Sip your way to stronger muscles
It’s estimated that up to 40 percent of seniors are battling at least some stage of sarcopenia. And there’s isn’t a single drug in the pharmacy to treat it.
That may change someday, of course. After all, you can always count on Big Pharma to look for a way to cash in on folk’s misfortunes. But when they do, you can also bet it’ll come with a spotty track record and dangerous side effects.
In the meantime, you’ll have to handle this one on your own. You can start with those two tidbits of advice I mentioned earlier.
Many doctors never address growing weakness as you age. But some do advise protein shakes and exercise classes to hold onto your strength.
And it’s true. Protein and activity are both vital for healthy muscle and bone aging. In fact, they should be a standard recommendation for ALL seniors. But chalky protein drinks and expensive exercise classes aren’t the only way to get them.
Check out my earlier report, 5 telltale signs you’re not eating enough protein, for some quick and easy tips to bump up your intake. Plus, add in a bit of activity at least three days a week to supercharge the benefits of that extra protein.
Our easy and fun “No-Workout Workout” should fit the bill. Or try a brisk walk with light hand or ankle weights.
But don’t stop there. The new study confirms another simple way to support your muscles and dodge the senior shuffle. And that is green tea.
Green tea is LOADED with a set of compounds that can have a powerful effect on your muscles, protecting and preserving them, so you don’t lose strength so quickly in your senior years.
Erase age-related weakness
In the new animal study, green tea extract catechins led to significantly less of the neuromuscular damage associated with age. And that included less of the impairments that mark sarcopenia.
For example, the mice had fewer of what scientists call lipofuscin aggregates. Those are proteins that have been damaged by oxidative stress that can build up in your muscles.
Plus, the critters had an increase in the density of satellite cells. These cells are vital for the normal development of skeletal muscles. Plus, they assist with repair and regeneration.
The scientists behind the study believe that these same changes will protect against age-related muscle weakness in people, too. In other words, they could be a key player in helping you hold onto your strength as you grow older.
The mice given the green tea extract got one other surprising benefit. And honestly, it’s the biggest one of all. They lived longer.
We don’t know exactly how that will translate into people yet. But there are plenty of prior human studies attesting to the health benefits of green tea, from supporting heart health to fighting cancer.
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