Tomatidine use for muscle mass and fat loss may be the wave of the future. This comes as recent research titled “Keeping Older Muscles Strong” revealed how effective tomatidine and another adaptogen (ursolic acid) are at surging muscle mass and strength.
The University of Iowa study, in fact, concludes that tomatidine can increase muscle size by 10% and muscle strength by 30%. The impressive numbers tomatidine has put up regarding muscle growth, in this instance, were found in mice models.
At 0.05% of their diet, the mice were able to reap the muscle building benefits of tomatidine and were even able to prevent muscle loss during fasting or even complete immobilization.
While these findings, after only 2 months, were applied to mice, the ability for adaptogens like tomatidine to boost muscle growth has been shown in human studies as well.
Ursolic acid, a close cousin to tomatidine, was effectively used in muscle and strength building studies conducted on male athletes in Korea - showing a powerful boost over the placebo group.
Behind any instance of adaptogen supplements like tomatidine or ursolic acid increasing muscle protein synthesis (muscle building) is the fact they inhibit ATF4.
Because ATF4 is an enzyme in our bodies which decreases muscle protein synthesis, the inhibition of it by tomatidine allows our bodies to build and maintain more muscle mass much easier.
It does seem that the future potential for tomatidine supplements and ursolic acid supplements is a promising one for those looking to increase their lean muscle mass while keeping fat gain to a minimum.