Milk Combats Obesity . . . Got Milk?
A team of Swiss scientists claim to have found a substance in milk which acts like red wine in protecting the body from obesity despite a diet high in fat.
In a study that aimed to look for alternative ways to target a specific gene, SIRT1, known for boosting metabolism and longevity, researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne identified a substance in milk that behaved similarly to one of the health-boosting ingredients in red wine, resveratrol.
Published in the journal Cell Metabolism, researchers found that lab mice fed a high-fat diet as well as high doses of nicotinamide riboside — a naturally occurring substance in milk — burned more fat and were protected from obesity.
Researchers also noted that the mice became better runners, developing higher endurance and stronger muscles.