A recently created supplement seems to forestall weight gain and cut waist fat, specialists say. Don’t rejoice yet because the synthetic compound doesn’t appear to help individuals lose pounds, and the trial experiments are too small to guarantee that the medical innovation is not deluding.
So far, the compound succeeded in lowering food longing and averted weight pick up in weighty individuals, according to Gary Frost, co-author of the study and chair of nutrition and dietetics at Imperial College London. Frost also added that this was the first occasion when a food supplement showed signs of decreasing weight pick up.
This synthetic compound contains propionate, an unsaturated fat resulted from fiber fermenting in the colon. The study was financed by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
According to Frost, this substance is the colon and liver’s source of vitality. Also it contributes to glucose production in the liver and most importantly for this study; it seems to influence the food consumption by boosting signs that stifle insatiability.
Frost clarified that though there are bundles of short studies that infer fiber stifles craving, long-term studies are missing. The co-author believes this is because in order to have a long term effect, much more fiber should be consumed and this is not currently recommended by doctors.
In the new study, scientists created a synthetic product that incorporates propionate, mixed it with fruit juice and gave it to 50% of 20 volunteers. The others just got just inulin, a plant fiber.
The next step was to let the volunteers have as much food as they wanted from a buffet. Those who drank the juice with propionate consumed 14 percent less than the rest of the volunteers.
After that, the analysts took 49 overweight grown-ups, ages 40 to 65, gave them either a propionate supplement or inulin and observed them over a period of six months. Out of the 25 persons who took the supplement, only one picked up more than 3 percent of body weight, contrasted with six of the 24 who had inulin. The individuals who took the supplement likewise had less waist fat. Now, Frost says propionate may influence signs that smother hunger, but he is not certain which ones.
Scientists not included in the study say the results were negligible because of the small number of volunteers and of the fact that the supplement did not actually lead to weight loss. Also they pointed to the fact that the compound might just make stomach microbes more effective in decomposing food but this will lead in the long run to gaining weight not losing it.
The supplement is not available for purchase but the researchers are working with a food business to create a sellable item.
The study is available in the last issue of the journal Gut.