Expect to hear more, much more, about this molecule, coming to light thanks to EPFL studies
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The cover of the science journal Cell is graced today with a story about a molecule under study by researchers at EPFL, working with the laboratory of Anthony Sauve at Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
“Many natural foods, including milk and perhaps even beer, contain a molecule whose effects on metabolism are nothing short of astonishing,” says EPFL in a statement about nicotinamide riboside (NR). Johan Auwerx, head of EPFL’s Laboratory of Integrative Systems Physiology (LISP) and holder of EPFL’s Nestlé Chair in Energy Metabolism, describes a series of experiments in the video here. They point to the molecule’s role in preventing obesity, improving muscular performance and energy expenditure, all with no side effects.
The best thing about NR is that it appears to be found in a number of common foods, starting with milk. The drawback is that scientists are not yet able to measure it, so don’t, they caution, jump to conclusions about how much you need to see its benefits.