It’s the news the world has been waiting for. Scientists think they’re on the verge of cracking the code to something just about everyone wants. An exercise pill.
Imagine that. No need to walk, run, swim, bike, jog, or anything else to get fit as a fiddle. Just a pill that’ll do for you what spinach does for Popeye.
Sounds like a dream come true, right?
Well, don’t pin your hopes on this pipe dream yet. Because this story is about to take a sharp left turn into Crazy Town.
But don’t be too disappointed. I’ve got another kind of “exercise pill” to share with you in just a moment.
It’s not a magic bullet that will allow you to NEVER unseat your seat again. But it does work.
A “gym in a pill” drug is MANY years away
Breathless media reports are hyping this so-called “exercise pill” up as some kind of breakthrough. And if you only read the headlines, you’d think it’s about to hit stores any day now.
But here’s the truth. Researchers have uncovered a protein called Sestrin. When directed into muscle, Sestrin mimics the effects of exercise.
But they haven’t tested Sestrin out in humans. So far, only mice and… picture this… FLIES have been included in the experiments.
Now you can get mice to run on a wheel, of course. But flies DON’T exercise. They just… well… fly. It’s right there in the name.
So in order the make these bugs bust a move, the researchers created a bug treadmill. (And no, I’m NOT making this up.) Then for three weeks, they trained the flies to use it.
Despite it sounding like something straight out of a circus sideshow, they managed to make the whole set up work, too. The researchers not only were able to test out how well the flies RAN but other sciencey-sounding things also like “landing height after ejection into a space” as well.
Some of the flies used in the experiment were bred to have NONE of this unique muscle protein, while others had higher-than-normal levels. And the flies with the extra Sestrin ended up having more endurance, strength, and stamina.
And that’s the part that has scientists so excited. Because the Sestrin flies got all of those exercise-linked benefits even when they didn’t exercise.
The REAL exercise pill is already here
So, of course, they’re already talking about ways to boost Sestrin in humans. But realistically, that’s a LONG way off. And frankly, since we have no clue if it will even work in humans, it may never happen. So good luck with that.
Here’s a better idea. There’s already an “exercise pill” that you don’t have to wait a single day for.
Of course, it won’t ever get the hype that a Sestrin-based drug will because it’s not a drug at all. It’s a simple natural compound called Camellia sinensis or CamSin.
In an exciting study on HUMANS, CamSin also led to all the benefits of a workout program without extra effort. In just 45 days, folks taking the compound lost 350 percent more weight than a group given a placebo. And in three months, they had lost an average of 31 pounds.
But CamSin isn’t the only natural “exercise pill” out there. While it may be able to help you effortlessly shed a few pounds, there’s another natural compound that could help you build muscle. A recent study of older women found that one year of DHEA therapy led to improvements in both their muscles and bone.
And don’t forget the basics. Muscles need plenty of protein as well as essential vitamin D to stay strong and healthy as we age.