Popeye was right: Spinach chemical should be banned for athletes, German scientists say

It might seem unlikely that humans could get super-human strength from spinach, like cartoon character Popeye the Sailor, but its creator Elzie Crisler Segar may have been been on to something.

Scientists at the Freie Universität Berlin’s Institute of Pharmacy have recommended that ecdysterone, a hormone found in spinach, be included in the list of prohibited substances for athletes.

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