Not in the mood for the gym today?
Or, maybe ever?
It's all right. There may soon be a pill for that.
Scientists say experimental drug SR9009 may boost metabolic activity and running capacity -- essentially mimicking the effects of exercise.
The findings, published in Nature Medicine last month, may be just what the doctor ordered for people suffering from chronic obesity, congestive heart failure -- or any condition which makes physical exercise difficult.
So far, of course, the drug, which was originally developed in 2012, has only been tested on mice. But with the drug increasing running capacity 50-fold in mice, Nature World News reports, can supermen be far behind?
"The animals actually get muscles like an athlete who has been training,” said Thomas Burris, a professor at The Scripps Research Institute in Florida, who originally developed the compound. “The pattern of gene expression after treatment with SR9009 is that of an oxidative-type muscle— again, just like an athlete.”
The latest study was conducted by an international team of scientists at Institut Pasteur de Lille in France and focused on a naturally occurring molecule in the human body called Rev-erbα.
Researchers say SR9009 latches onto Rev-erbα -- which plays a role in regulating the body's circadian rhythm and metabolism -- resulting in a pronounced metabolic boost in test subjects.
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Ginger: Fire Up Your Vitality
Well known in the West for its anti-nausea health properties, ginger is also thought to relieve the aches and pains of arthritis, headaches, sore muscles, and menstrual cramps. Since ancient times, Chinese physicians have regularly consumed ginger tea to keep their vitality fired up. Indeed, its warming qualities will have you sweating in no time! Brew yourself some ginger tea by thinly slicing a half-inch piece of fresh ginger root. Drop the ginger into a mug, add boiling water, and steep for 10 minutes. Add lemon and honey for extra flavoring. Ginger is also delicious in marinades, vegetable dishes, and sweets.
Garlic: Heart Helper
Garlic, the spicy favorite in Italian cooking, does more than just whet your appetite. In addition to its antibacterial and antiparasitic properties, garlic has been shown to improve cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and may even prevent cancer. According to the National Health and Medical Research Council, consuming half to one clove of garlic daily may reduce cholesterol by nearly ten percent, thanks to garlic's active ingredient allicin. Because the allicin in garlic is damaged by heat, it is best to use raw garlic -- great news for your heart, but bad news for your breath. To balance out the pungency, chew on fresh parsley, mint, or basil.
Turmeric: Fight Inflammation And Increase Circulation
Turmeric, the yellow spice that gives curry its distinctive color, helps improve circulation and prevents blood clots. In fact, did you know that the modern anticoagulant coumadin, which is used to prevent blood clots, originally came from turmeric? The active component in turmeric is called curcumin. If you are a curry fan, you will be happy to know that this substance is associated with anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and antioxidant properties. Its anti-inflammatory benefits make it suitable for treating pain in your joints or muscles. In one randomized control study, 107 patients with knee osteoarthritis received either 800 mg daily of ibuprofen or 2 grams daily of Curcuma domestica extract -- and both groups showed improvement in pain on level walking and climbing stairs. Turmeric also combats amyloids, the plaque-like proteins that build up in brain tissue and lead to such diseases as Alzheimer's and rheumatoid arthritis.
Cinnamon: Lower Blood Sugar
Valued for its health benefits since ancient times, particularly in India and Asia, cinnamon has recently enjoyed time in the research spotlight. Many clinical studies have linked cinnamon consumption to lowered blood sugar. Research has demonstrated improvement in insulin sensitivity with cinnamon polyphenols, as well as total and LDL cholesterol. Cinnamon is also thought to detoxify the system and stimulate brain function. Its antiseptic properties give it the ability to combat bladder infections, and if taken in the first 48 hours, a cup of strong cinnamon tea may prevent a bladder infection. While mixed study results make it difficult to prove these benefits on paper, it doesn't hurt to sprinkle some on top of your next bowl of cereal!
Cardamom: Pep Up Your Energy
Found in curries, rice dishes, and sweet breads, cardamom is the spice that gives chai tea its characteristic flavor. Cardamom has long been valued medicinally in Asia for its ability to increase circulation and improve your energy level. Considered an aphrodisiac in some cultures, cardamom also helps improve digestion, freshen your breath, brighten a bad mood, and may even increase your mental acuity. A compound found abundantly in cardamom, cineole, has been found to enhance the ability of rats to navigate mazes.
Rosemary: Stimulate Your Brain
Rosemary, the aromatic herb that instantly brings to mind Mediterranean cooking, contains volatile oils that help stimulate brain activities and increase brain alertness. Like cardamom, rosemary contains cineole. Rosemary also aids in digestion and perks up your immune system. It has been used to treat headaches and poor circulation. Steep it as tea, use in your poultry dishes and soups -- or just crush some up to fill your home with its revitalizing scent.
Cloves: Tasty And Toasty
Considered a warming herb, cloves are delicious in cooked fruit, sweet vegetable dishes, roasts, and tea. Cloves have been used since ancient times in India to improve digestive function. You can chew on some to relieve toothaches, sore throats, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. This herb's warming and moving properties are thought to help treat cold hands and feet, tendonitis, and lower back pain. <strong>One Word Of Warning</strong> Always discuss with your physician before treating conditions with herbs and spices to avoid any adverse interactions; for example, because garlic and ginger possess natural blood-thinning properties, individuals about to undergo surgery and those taking blood thinners should take extra precaution. You can find many more herbs that will spice up your longevity in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003N9CKDU?tag=asdrma-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=B003N9CKDU&adid=0A5J391X6AXT5DXMYCZP&" target="_hplink">Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100,</a> which is now available on Kindle. If you are interested in a lifestyle program designed to transform your health and lengthen your years, check out my new book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0811876950?tag=asdrma-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0811876950&adid=0JTSG5QWVEJE13Q57ME5&" target="_hplink">Secrets of Longevity 8-Week Program.</a> I hope you make the most of herbs and spices. May you live long, live strong, and live happy!