A new study has identified a protein that can turn on muscle growth and even shut it off. It’s called PGC-1 alpha-4. The studies are in the very very early stages so it’s hard to tell where this will go.

However, the researchers see this being used as a way to help with many different conditions:

  • Older people who’ve lost and continue to lose muscle mass over time.
  • People who are in intensive care and they don’t get to move around a lot.
  • Muscular dystrophy.
  • Plus more issues that deal directly with lean muscle mass.

I would be willing to be that supplement companies will get their hands on something like this as a quick way to boost muscle mass and size.

Essentially, the researchers found that PGC-1 alpha-4 with exercise increases the activity of a protein called IGF1 which helps to facilitate muscle growth. It also works with another protein called myostatin, to restrict muscle growth.

What Does This Mean To You?

At this point, it doesn’t mean much. I want to know if it can help increase muscle mass, will it be similar to natural muscle growth?

Here’s what I’m thinking…

When you build lean muscle mass, it’s not just your muscle getting stronger and bigger. Your bones and tendons are also increasing in strength. So if you artificially boost just the muscle, could that lead to bones breaking or imbalances that mess up the way we naturally move?

Also how would this impact your base metabolic rate?

Pretty interesting right?

I don’t think we will hear too much about this, but the fact that they are working on something like this is interesting.

The future of our bodies and health are going to be impossible to imagine. I don’t think you’ll ever see anything take away the need for great eating and exercise, but the enhancements will be insane I bet.

Full study information: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121206121728.htm