Saturday, July 19, 2008

Weight gain halted by vitamins, study of mice finds

Scientists have used a special blend of vitamins and nutrients to stop successive generations of mice from becoming progressively more overweight. The researchers looked at three generations of genetically identical mice that were prone to obesity and found that the offspring got heavier even though they were fed the same diet as their mothers.

But the mice didn't get any plumper when that diet was supplemented with folic acid, vitamin B-12, choline and betaine, according to a study published Tuesday in the International Journal of Obesity. Because the genetic makeup of the mice was the same, the scientists concluded that the diet supplements had managed to suppress the activity of key genes related to obesity.

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