STATES CHRONICLE – One of the essential aspects of dieting correctly is being able to identify the foods which fill you up faster and satiate the appetite quicker.
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Warwick has identified amino acids detected by cells known as tanycytes which help signal to your body that you’re full.
Tanycytes, L-amino Acids, and the Appetite
Tanycytes are specialized ependymal cells that form the ventricular lining over the third ventricle and contact cerebrospinal fluid. These cells have been shown to be capable of detecting glucose. But new research has demonstrated that they also able to detect L-amino acids.
The research paper was published in the journal Molecular Metabolism, a journal that publishes breakthroughs and medicines related to obesity, diabetes, and other related diseases. The study detected and monitored tanycyte response to L-amino acids.
Amino acids are known for their role as building blocks for proteins and intermediates in the metabolism. This latest research showed that tanycytes detected these compounds through two taste receptors.
The detection of L-amino acids triggered the release of calcium ions and ATP. This reacts with the neural network in the hypothalamus to regulate food intake.
L-arginine, L-lysine, and L-alanine seem to have specifically triggered this reaction. Research suggests that foods containing these compounds can help with appetite satiety. In turn, they could potentially lead to the development of new strategies for overcoming obesity and other metabolic disorders.
Some of the meats that trigger this reaction are chicken, mackerel, pork shoulder, and beef sirloin steak. Other foods that also have the same or similar effects are plums, apricots, avocados, lentils, and almonds.
This new study suggests that these foods can help sate the appetite quicker and help patients struggling with obesity develop a diet that makes it easier for them to control their body weight. It’s also possible that scientists could start using this information to develop diet pills, sometime in the future, that can suppress appetite and help people lose weight easier and healthier.
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