Giving a new definition to “beer muscles” perhaps, scientists claim they have come up with a unique way to fight the obesity epidemic: a “miracle” molecule found in beer
Researchers at Switzerland’s Lausanne Polytechnic School and the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York claim that nicotinamide riboside (NR), a form of vitamin B3 which is found in beer, milk, and other some foods, can fend off weight gain, combat aging, and actually help increase muscle performance.
Commenting on the experiment, according to the Daily Mail of London, one of the authors said that “NR appears to play a role in preventing obesity.”
The Daily Mail further reports that the “molecule works by becoming trapped in cells where it boosts the metabolism, much like resveratrol, which is found in wine.”
The catch is that the study was performed on mice, and there has been no human trials as yet. Another issue is that NR is said to be small and hard to reproduce/synthesize.
Scientists conducting the study put two groups of mice on a high-fat diet and discovered a big difference that they attributed to one group receiving doses of NR.
According to the Irish Sun:
The rodents gained significantly less weight than those not fed the molecule.They also showed no sign of developing diabetes and actually performed better in endurance tests. The group calculated that an increase in the molecule reflects an improvement in mitochondrial function, the part of the cell that supplies energy.
Mitochondria play an important function in aging. The Daily Mail adds that “It is hoped that by stimulating mitochondrial function with the NR molecule, scientists may see increases in longevity as well as other health improvements.”
The ScienceBlog explains that…
The Swiss researchers call NR a “hidden vitamin” that is believed to also be present in many other foods, although levels are low and difficult to measure. Nevertheless, the effects of NR on metabolism “are nothing short of astonishing.”
Researchers also identified no side effects in the experiment. The study, which was just published in the Cell Metabolism Journal, concludes that “our results indicate that the natural vitamin NR could be used as a nutritional supplement to ameliorate metabolic and age-related disorders characterized by defective mitochondrial function.”
If a beer diet is involved, it would seem highly unlikely that researchers would have any difficulties whatsoever in finding volunteers for human testing.