Let’s be honest: all of us would probably give up going to the gym if we had the option of popping a pill or drinking a supplement that has the very same advantages for the body as an intense workout session.
Even if this sounds a bit too far-fetched, the idea of lounging around all day long while still taking advantage of the benefits that come with intense workout sessions could soon be possible, according to the latest reports.
Sestrin protein mimics the effects of exercise
It’s been revealed that there are a few details that have to be researched more on this issue, but researchers at the University of Michigan said that the naturally occurring protein called Sestrin seems to be mimicking the effects of exercise on both mice and flies in experiments.
These findings could have benefits for fitness, medical, and scientific fields. For instance, Sestrin could very well help individuals who are not able to work out due to old age or all kinds of health-related problems that are not allowing them to exercise.
Studyfinds.org revealed that Myungjin Kim, Ph.D., a research assistant professor in the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, stated that “Researchers have previously observed that Sestrin accumulates in muscle following exercise.” He explained more issues in a release.
Experts wanted to see in greater detail what’s Sestrin’s connection to exercise and they experimented using flies, according to the info coming from the same website mentioned above.
Experimenting with flies and mice
They designed a fly treadmill – this involved that a group of flies was trained for three weeks to climb up and out of a test tube.
Some of the flies were normal, but others were bred in such a way in which they could make Sestrin.
“Flies can usually run around four to six hours at this point, and the normal flies’ abilities improved over that period,” according to professor Jun Hee Lee, Ph.D. “The flies without Sestrin did not improve with exercise.”
We recommend that you check out the study, which is published in Nature Communications.
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