Among the popular, new wave of food and health consciousness, old age presents a tense conflict of desire versus reality for the aging. The aging, similar to patients who are obese, diabetic, and ill, have trouble maintaining energy levels. Healthy foods are no substitute for regular physical exercise. It is well known that burning energy and contracting muscles elongate lifespan and boost confidence, however, the more hormonal cells are negatively affected, the more the body’s energy levels slow down. Time looks toward science for answers, and thankfully, Nestlé provides a reply.
Nestlé, the leading health food and beverage industry giant, based in Switzerland, has its scientists working to uncover a way to stimulate the enzyme that regulates metabolism, so that the process of energy burning after food consumption can be balanced. The enzyme is called AMPk. At the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences in Lusanne, Switzerland, scientists use extract from fruits and vegetables as a natural source to stimulate AMPk. The end result for scientists at Nestlé, noted by Kei Sakamoto, the scientist who oversees research on Diabetes and Circadian Rhythms at Nestlé, is to develop a product that can assist people who are inactive or not exercise oriented, such as the elderly, obese, diabetic, and ill. Ultimately, the product enhances the results of normal physical exercise.
There have been many attempts at stimulating the effects of AMPk, and one is very close to the results Nestlé aims for. The drug called Metformin helps some patients slim down by reducing sugar output, but it does not come from nutritional foods. Nestlé aims at developing a nutritional food that will successfully produce weight loss. The challenge is to be 100% authentic without falling into the mix of deceptive products that claim to increase energy expenditure, but never guarantee a metabolic loss of weight.
According to Nestlé, if these products pass clinical trials, they will help maintain a healthy energy balance, meaning that the nutrients taken in will be balanced with the nutrients stored by way of the cellular mechanisms normally engaged during exercise. When the body’s enzymes burn a lot of energy to produce heat, also known as the process of thermogenesis, it stores less of the energy as fat. Nestlé hopes to balance the process of energy burn and storage.
Becoming a leader in health and nutrition products takes time, and Nestlé has been in the business since 1936 when it made its first batch of Nestrovit vitamins. Now, the company makes beverages that provide supplemental nutrients for weight gain, help diabetics manage their blood-sugar levels, assist with gastrointestinal function, and recover from weight loss.
Only time will tell if this ambitious new breakthrough in metabolism can be made. If Nestlé’s scientists do create this product, then as Ed Baetge, the Head of the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences, says, “it could lead to the development of new dietary approaches with targeted effects on the body that, like exercise, could help in addressing metabolic problems.”