There are many researchers who have explained the importance of brown fat in reducing weight. However, not many scientists have spoken about programming ordinary cells of the body to burn fat. This is likely to change as scientists at University of California have identified a protein cell that can convert fat cells into brown.
The scientists at the University were testing the effects of diabetes drugs on mice when they accidentally found a protein called PRDM16 that can help in converting ordinary fat cells into brown. This means that PRDM16 can covert calorie storing cells into cells that can burn fat.
According to Shingo Kajimura, the lead researcher, one of the ways of maintaining energy balance in the body is by finding out ways of increasing energy expenditure. Even though the affects of PRDM16 is yet to be ascertained, many health experts are of the view that this protein can be used by manufacturers of obesity drugs. However, if clinical research proves that PRDM16 does not have any side effects, it could be the next wonder compound in the health care industry. The drugs that use this protein can prove to be a boon for people who are looking for supplements that can help them lose weight.
Category: Weight Loss