Plant-based compound may protect against weight gain

November 26, 2014 3:48 PM

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Plant-based compound may protect against weight gain

A compound found in plants and some Chinese herbal medicines may trigger the body to burn calories by stimulating the activity of heat-producing tissue called brown fat, a new study in mice found.

In the study, researchers found that the mice that were injected daily with the compound, called berberine, for four weeks burned more calories than the mice that were not injected with the compound. In addition, the bodies of the mice injected with berberine generated more heat when they were expos...

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