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13 June 2012
Milk ingredient burns fat

A natural ingredient found in milk can protect against obesity and increase fat-burning, according to a study in the journal Cell Metabolism.

The researchers, from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, identified the ingredient, known as nicotinamide riboside, as they were searching for alternative ways to boost both metabolism and longevity.

Researcher Johan Auwerx said that mice that take nicotinamide riboside in fairly high doses along with their high-fat meals burn more fat and are protected from obesity. They also become better runners thanks to greater endurance.

The benefits they observe in mice wouldn't be easy to get from drinking milk alone, Auwerx says. It may be more likely that the compound would serve as a new kind of metabolism-boosting supplement. Tests done in people are now needed to help refine those details.

On the other hand, he says, this milk substance ultimately offers the same benefits attributed to red-wine's ingredient resveratrol, but in a different way. "It's possible that many small effects of ingredients found in our diets could add up to slimmer waistlines."

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Source: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


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