You remember how it was in the old cartoons. When they wanted to show someone like Bugs Bunny suddenly becoming a weakling, he’d flex his arms. And then we’d all laugh when his muscles comically drooped and dangled.
Well, it was funny back then. But when it happens to you? Yeah, it’s not so funny anymore.
You may not be able to SEE your muscles sag as old Bugs did. But you certainly can feel it.
You don’t just feel weaker in general, either. You’re also reminded of that fading strength all day long every time you struggle with something like opening a jar, a door, or even the mailbox.
Now, new research reveals WHY so many seniors lose their strength so quickly. And it’s NOT because of their age.
There’s an amino acid we ALL need for healthy muscle. Yet the new study shows almost NONE of us are getting enough.
The MISSING LINK to stronger muscle
If you’ve never heard of leucine, you’re hardly alone. Despite being a critical nutrient, it gets ZERO attention.
There’s no leucine industry to fund ad campaigns with celebrities bragging about their intake and its critical role in muscle. It’s not part of an awareness effort about how it can help seniors to maintain their strength.
Heck, odds are your own doctor will never even ask you about your leucine intake. And that’s DESPITE seeing you getting weaker with his own eyes, the way we saw it happen to Bugs Bunny.
Even if he did ask… would you know how to answer?
Well, I’ll tell you exactly how you can answer that question in a moment. I’ll also show you how to make sure it’s the RIGHT answer, too.
But at the moment, most folks would give the wrong one. Because, as the new study shows, seniors aren’t just falling a little short in this critical amino acid. They’re missing the mark by a mile.
Boost leucine levels to boost strength
Here’s the issue. Once we’re north of 60, it’s not just harder to build muscle. It also becomes tougher to even hold on to the muscle you ALREADY have.
And that’s because you need MORE leucine to do the job. Yet, the so-called mainstream guidelines are exactly the same whether you’re 19 or 99.
The new study finds that by the time you hit 60, you need DOUBLE the levels recommended by the government’s dietary guidelines.
That’s in line with a study from two years ago, which looked at men over the age of 80. That research ALSO found that older folks need double the “recommended” levels.
You can get leucine from high-quality protein sources such as grass-fed beef, whey protein, wild-caught fish, lentils, poultry, and free-range eggs.
You can also get it from a supplement. But if you go that route, you may want to pass on leucine alone and look for a branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) blend that includes leucine as well as other essentials needed for healthy muscle.
Lack of leucine might not be the ONLY nutrient deficiency stealing your strength as you age. Click to discover another muscle building nutrient that can help fight the senior shuffle.
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