Stressed over obesity? Newly-found Chinese herb might help you


In the modern-day and age, there’s no denying that Obesity has become one of the major public health problems around the world. Presently, anti-obesity strategies are mostly aimed at restricting calorie intake and absorption. However, now the researchers have found something new, and it is being said that it’ll revolutionize the process of combating obesity.

What’s new?

Recently, a few Chinese scientists have suggested in a new study that burning energy by the activation of brown adipose tissue, commonly known as BAT, might become an alternative solution for dealing with obesity.

How did they find this solution?

The Chinese scientists discovered that an extract from ‘ginseng’ ( a Traditional Chinese Medicine herb), which can induce Enterococcus faecalis, which can produce an unsaturated long-chain fatty acid, also known as myristoleic acid (MA).

According to an IANS report, JIN Wanzhu, lead author of the study and a scientist at the Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said: “Enterococcus faecalis and MA can reduce adiposity via ABT activation and beige fat formation.”

Why is the activation of BAT important?

The study suggests that previous studies have already proved that the BAT facilitates weight control and generates a potent anti-obesity effect.

According to Wanzhu, activating BAT activity will definitely prove to be an effective therapeutic approach for combating obesity and its related diseases.

The new study also demonstrates the important role of MA in reducing obesity and improving the related metabolic syndrome as well.

What does the data suggest?

According to a report of World Health Organisation (WHO), which was released in 2018, the data suggests:

  • Obesity is a global problem. Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled in the last 35 years.
  • More than 1.9 billion adults were found to be overweight. Of these, 650 million were obese.
  • Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight obesity kills more people than underweight.
  • In 2016, 41 million children under the age of 5 were either overweight or obese.
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