Not that I think of myself as anywhere near old age, I don’t even think of my parents as old age people, but I do find information interesting. This is some interesting information I discovered today.

After the age of fourty (ish I’m guessing) the delicate balance of muscle buildup and muscle breakdown slides towards breakdown. Nothing to be too worried about – the action of buildup and breakdown is constant throughout our lives, but in the younger folk it’s a bit better balanced.
So, at the age of fourty, muscles start to breakdown at a rate of 0.5 – 2% per year.
This breakdown can be reduced or even stopped by increasing the amount of leucine you consume.
“Where can I get this ‘leucine’ and how much does it cost?” You may be asking. Well leucine is actually an amino acid that is found in and extracted from food. Meat and fish is an excellent source of leucine, one of the best. If however you’re a vegetarian (seems to be all the rage), there is still hope. Leucine can also be found in the following:

  • Cottage cheese (Mmm)
  • Peanuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Whole grains
  • Eggs
  • Leafy vegetables
  • Pulses, soya beans, lentals etc.

So there it is, eat well and sensibly and things will be fine. As with most things in life….