Well we’re one step closer to a skinny pill…

Scientists have found a compound from the thunder god vine, used in traditional Chinese medicine is responsible for reducing the weight of obese mice by up to 45 percent.

The compound known as Celastrol reduces food intake by 80 percent causing the dramatic weight loss in the obese mice. It could potentially be used to improve the health of many

Thunder god Vine

Thunder god Vine

people suffering from obesity and associated diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.


“If it [ceslastrol] works in humans as it does mice it could be a powerful way to treat obesity and improve the health of many patients” said senior study author Umut Ozcan who is an endocrinologist at Boston Children’s hospital as well as Harvard Medical School.

Within one week of using Celastrol the obese mice cut food intake by about 80 percent. By the end of the third week the treated mice had lost 45 percent of their initial body weight almost entirely from burning fat stores.

Treatment with Celastrol also decreased cholesterol levels and improved the liver function of the mice which may also help to treat fatty liver as well as heart disease and diabetes.

It’s exciting to see modern day science utilizing the ingredients and methods of traditional Chinese medicine. For thousands of years Traditional Chinese medicine has treated obesity and the issues that come along with it so it will be very interesting to see if they can translate that into modern day delivery methods to get the same results.

Until then when it comes to treating obesity we think we’ll stick with what has been working for thousands of years already…

The research from this study has been published in the journal cell.

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