Leading food company, Nestlé is always looking for new frontiers to break. This time, the company has a team consisting of eight Swiss scientists, who worked together to find a cure for the morbid obese, elderly, diabetic or those suffering from some other chronic illness like cancer, who cannot exercise strenuously for a long duration.
The scientists worked day and night to figure out how enzymes work in the body to boost metabolism. They discovered the catabolic effects of the substance C13 which targets an enzyme in the body that is responsible for regulating the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. This enzyme is called the adenosine monophosphate activated protein kinase or AMPK.
AMPK, a master regulator, responds to stressful conditions. Stressful states due to metabolic demands such as hypoxia or low glucose levels activate this enzyme which in turn supply the body with the nutrients it needs. Another important aspect of this enzyme is that it reduces gluconeogenesis and lipid and protein synthesis and helps break down fats reserves within the body.
AMPK’s role is crucial “as energy is needed for all the key physiological processes in the body, from secreting a hormone to moving a muscle and even brain function,” said the scientists at Nestlé
“The enzyme can help people who can’t tolerate or continue rigorous exercise,” said Nestlé diabetes and circadian rhythm scientist Kei Sakamoto, “Instead of 20 minutes of jogging or 40 minutes of cycling, it may help boost metabolism with moderate exercise like brisk walking. They’d get similar effects with less strain.”
Scientists are sure that with development of such a drink would be mightily helpful in slimming down people who need it. Since the team at Nestlé is currently targeting fruits an vegetables to figure out how AMPK works in nature, we’ll be sure that the drink will come with no side effects. This new invention will take time to be completely developed into a miracle drink, but before it can hit the market, clinical trials will be conducted to guarantee its safety profile.
Perhaps Nestlé will be able to bring to fruition the dream millions of couch potatoes dream about almost each day of their life.