Researchers at McMaster University have discovered how to slow metabolism in the human body, carrying a number of important implications in the realms of food science and nutrition, amongst others.
"By inhibiting the hormone serotonin found in the gut of mice, the body's natural furnace, a lesser-known organ called brown adipose tissue, is more active and burns more calories."
Also known as brown fat, brown adipose tissue was previously though to only exist in rodents, hibernating animals and children, which has since been overturned.
The researchers also noted the 'western diet' being high in fat plays a key role in this equation, as it raises levels of serotonin, which inhibits brown fat activity and thus slows down the metabolism process as you age.
Among the significant ramifications of this discovery are the prophylactic measures that could be taken to reverse the widespread obesity epidemic, as well as helping to prevent diabetes.
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