Plant Molecule Helps Combat Weight Gain

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  March 7, 2015 at 11:18 AM Obesity News
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Emory researchers led by Keqiang Ye have demonstrated that a molecule, 7,8-DHF, found in some plants can combat weight gain induced by a high-fat diet but only in female mices. The researchers revealed that an equivalent diet pill in humans would allow people to maintain a healthy weight, despite a high-fat diet and the pill would burn calories without affecting appetite.
 Plant Molecule Helps Combat Weight Gain
Plant Molecule Helps Combat Weight Gain
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The research has shown that female mice treated with 7,8-DHF could consume a high-fat diet without any weight gain. 7,8-DHF was found to increase energy expenditure by acting on muscle cells of the mice, without suppressing appetite.

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Ye said further investigation was necessary to explore why it selectively burned fat in the female mice.

The study will appear in the journal Chemistry and Biology.

Source: Medindia
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