Summary of “Your Brain Has A Hunger Off Switch, And It May Be Possible To Switch It Off Faster”

A new study has located a set of brain cells that control appetite, and activating them by eating more of certain foods could be a key to losing weight.
The brain cells are called tanycytes and they’re found in a brain region called the hypothalamus, which plays a crucial role in how our bodies process what we eat into usable or storable energy.
The presence of these brain cells was already known, but this study shows for the first time that it may be possible to activate them by eating higher levels of particular nutrients.
The nutrients that appear to flick the hunger switch are two essential amino acids: lysine and arginine.
“Amino acid levels in blood and brain following a meal are a very important signal that imparts the sensation of feeling full,” says Nicholas Dale, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Warwick and lead study author.
“Finding that tanycytes, located at the center of the brain region that controls body weight, directly sense amino acids has very significant implications for coming up with new ways to help people to control their body weight within healthy bounds.”
The researchers believe the findings could help stem the obesity epidemic by pointing to new ways of triggering appetite suppression.
Quoting from the study: “A more detailed understanding of how food intake and energy expenditure are determined in the brain may lead to the development of new strategies for overcoming the obesity epidemic and other metabolic disorders.”

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