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Beer and Milk Have "Miracle Molecule" to Fight Obesity

Update Date: Jun 08, 2012 01:22 PM EDT

Now you can grab a pint of beer for health reasons, as a new study reveals that beer contains a vitamin which can not only help reduce flab, but also increase muscle strength.

Apparently, scientists have discovered a "miracle molecule," the name of which is nicotinamide riboside (NR), in beer, milk, and some other foods. The molecule is known to have no side-effects and could help people live longer.

The potential of the molecule was revealed when Johnan Auwerx, head of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland and his team conducted an experiment on mice.

Scientists call the results of the experiment "impressive."

"NR appears to play a role in preventing obesity," said Auwerx in an article published in the Cell Metabolism journal.

For the experiment, Auwerx and his team took a group of mice on a high-fat diet. While they fed NR supplements to some, others were not given the same. The results showed that the mice which were fed NR supplements along with the high fat diet gained 60 percent less fat compared to those eating the same diet without NR supplements.

The study further revealed that none of the mice given NR treatments showed signs of developing diabetes, whereas the other group did. Also, mice which were fed NR supplements showed better stamina than others.

The molecule seems to get trapped in cells and boosts the metabolism.

'It really appears that cells use what they need when they need it, and the rest is set aside without being transformed into any kind of deleterious form,' said a study author Carles Canto in a statement.

NR stimulates the function of mitochondria in the cell, the part that supplies energy. It is thought to play an important role in aging, and its stimulation with NR supplements may bring health improvements, believe scientists.

The only problem is that NR is extremely small and its rather difficult to find and expensive to produce.

"At the moment, we can't even measure its concentration in milk, so it's impossible to know how much you would have to drink to be able to observe its effects," Auwerx added.

Test will be conducted on human beings in the future, said the report.

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