Saturday, June 9, 2012

Weekend OT: Beer (and Milk) May Make You Slimmer and Healthier...

They have definitely found the substance (nicotinamide riboside) in milk, and say it probably exists in beer but it is too minute to even detect...

Good news from milk drinkers and potentially good news for beer drinkers, from UK's Daily Mail (6/7/2012):

The miracle molecule: Hidden vitamin found in BEER and MILK can make you stronger, slimmer and healthier
It can improve muscular performance and prevent diabetes

If you were planning on having a quick pint tonight, then this will be welcome news.

Beer may contain a vitamin which can fight obesity and improve muscle strength, scientists claim.

The ‘miracle molecule’, which has been found in milk and may also be present in beer and some foods, has no side effects and could even lengthen lifespan, they say.

The snag is that the molecule, called nicotinamide riboside (NR), is extremely small, difficult to find and expensive to synthesise.

Johnan Auwerx, head of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland, said experiments using mice revealed the molecule’s potential.

In an article in the specialist journal Cell Metabolism journal, Mr Auwerx called the results 'impressive'

'NR appears to play a role in preventing obesity,' said Mr Auwerx.

Working with Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, his team found mice on a high-fat diet that were fed NR gained significantly less weight – 60 per cent – than mice eating the same diet without NR supplements.

And none of the NR-treated mice had indications that they were developing diabetes, unlike the untreated mice.

Mice which were fed NR supplements over a ten-week period had better endurance performance than those who were not.

They were also in better shape – and this was confirmed by observations of their muscle fibres under the microscope.

The molecule works by becoming trapped in cells where it boosts the metabolism, much like resveratrol, which is found in wine.

No side effects were discovered during the experiments.

'It really appears that cells use what they need when they need it, and the rest is set aside without being transformed into any kind of deleterious form,' said study author Carles Canto in a statement.

Mice who had been fed the molecule also performed better in endurance tests, as well as in tests measuring heat loss.

The researchers believe an increase in the molecule reflects an improvement in mitochondrial function, the part of the cell that supplies energy.

Mitochondria are thought to play a part in the aging process. It is hoped that by stimulating mitochondrial function with the NR molecule, scientists may see increases in longevity as well as other health improvements.

But the molecule is difficult to reproduce and extremely small. 'At the moment, we can’t even measure its concentration in milk, so it’s impossible to know how much you would have to drink to be able to observe its effects,' Mr Auwerx added.

Research will continue with human testing at some point in the future.


Anonymous said...

Bollocks, beer and milk is not good for you, milk is cows pus for fuck sake...

Anonymous said...

Ah, I see...the recent uncovering of the slew of unhealthy chemicals used in commercial beer production hasn't killed us because it is offset by the health giving molecule. Makes sense, no?

And, I wonder why, in places where people traditionally do not consume dairy products, they are healthier than in places where people do.

The Japanese never, until recently, consumed dairy products. They were the longest lived people in the world until they started to partake of the modern SAD diet which includes milk.

Use your own logic.

Anonymous said...

Oh man, this is so awesome! I can devour a pint of ice cream every evening and wash it down with two or three beers with no ill effects. And I can do this every day, all the while get healthier and thinner. Fuck fruit and veggies, I always knew those things were the real culprits of disease.
Take THAT you stupid health food nutz and clueless vegans!

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