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Early-Stage Discoveries: Tocotrienols, Polyphenols

Muscles can atrophy in people with insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar levels.

In the lab, mice on a high fat diet had improved insulin sensitivity after receiving tocotrienols or green tea. Both nutrients individually increased muscle weight in certain muscles, but not when the two nutrients were combined.

It appeared green tea detracted from the beneficial effects of tocotrienols. However, both nutrients individually prevented muscle atrophy. Skeletal muscle absorbs glucose, and plays a role in reducing insulin resistance and promoting insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes. 

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