Maybe Popeye was onto something when he rippedopen a can of spinach for beating up the bad guys.
Scientists in Germany say, edcysterone, a chemicalfound in spinach is close to steroids and has a similareffect on humans.
Researchers at Freie Universität Berlin ran a 10-weektest on nearly 50 athletes and found athletes whotook capsules of ecdysterone increased their strength by up to three times.
The capsules the athletes were given were the equivalent of about nine pounds of spinach butresearchers say the capsules could be used as a performance enhancing drug.
The study has called on the World Anti-Doping Authority to dig further into ecdysterone andwants the chemical added to the list of banned substances for athletes.