Magic ingredient in milk may explain weight-loss benefits

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Put down the processed diet food. New research has found the answer to weight-loss success may be as close as your refrigerator.

Swiss scientists recently unlocked a secret ingredient that can help in the fight against obesity, and it’s a naturally-occurring ingredient in milk: nicotinamide riboside (NR). The study was published this week in the international research journal Cell Metabolism and is one of the first to examine why milk is an efficient weight-loss tool.

NR is a relatively new type of vitamin discovered in milk just five years ago by a biochemist at Dartmouth Medical School. According to Telegraph India, researchers found that NR plays an important role in keeping mice slim and fit -- even when fed a high-fat diet. Mice fed NR supplements burned more fat and showed greater endurance in their muscles than their NR-deprived friends.

The results of the study have shed new light on milk’s role in keeping the population healthy and fit, while providing possible new ways to protect against obesity and metabolic disorders. Future studies hope to take research one step further by observing NR’s role in maintaining human health.

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mamatha reddy    
hyderabad  |  June, 07, 2012 at 08:42 AM

i saw something very intresting here obesity hope from milk

Lawton pa  |  June, 07, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Great news!!! I hope that Mrs. Obama reads this report. She has put "skim milk" in all of our schools, my kids won't drink it, they instead go for the drinks that are full of sugar!!! Put 2% milk back in our schools!!!! This study will help our children with the nations weight problem, putting milk that tastes like water in front of them only pushes them away from milk and toward more sugary drinks. DRINK MILK!!!! It's good for you!

wisconsin  |  June, 07, 2012 at 02:02 PM

Is this in raw or pasturized milk or both

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