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Researchers at Baylor and Stanford Universities say they have reached an important stage in converting some of the benefits of exercise into regular pills.

The researchers, Dr. Baylor Pediatrics Professor, Dr. Yong Joo, and Stanford Assistant Professor of Pathology, Dr. Jonathan Long, identified the molecule that is produced in the blood during exercise, which has been shown to successfully reduce food intake and obesity in mice. Baylor College of Medicine.

“Regular exercise has been shown to help reduce weight, regulate appetite and improve the metabolic profile, especially of those who are overweight and obese,” says Xu. “If we can understand the mechanism by which exercise triggers these benefits, we’re close enough to help many people improve their health.”

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File - Anandi Cade lifts weights on December 29, 2021 at Fitness SF, Filmmore Street, San Francisco.

File – Anandi Cade lifts weights on December 29, 2021 at Fitness SF, Filmmore Street, San Francisco.
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“We want to understand how exercise works at the molecular level so that we can capture some of its benefits,” Long added. “For example, the elderly or debilitated people who do not get enough exercise can benefit one day by taking medications that help slow down osteoporosis, heart disease or other conditions.”

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The pair of researchers identified an amino acid referred to as Lac-Phe. When they gave mice fed high-fat food doses of the amino acid, they observed a 50% reduction in food intake over the next 12 hours, according to Baylor.

Researchers have found that humans and race horses also produce the same amino acids when under strenuous physical activity.

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“Our next steps are to find out more about how Lac-Phe mediates its effects on the body, including the brain,” Ju told Baylor. “Our goal is to learn how to modulate this exercise pathway for therapeutic interventions.”