Is the thunder god vine, a rare Chinese plant already being hailed by some as a potential “miracle” cure for obesity, all that it is cracked up to be? It is true that this plant, containing a chemical known as Celastrol, showed some incredible results in early tests involving overweight mice, resulting in a massive 45 percent loss in overall body weight. Ask Men News provides some startling information and an inside look at this preliminary research, as well as what it might mean for obese populations this Sunday, May 24, 2015.
While the issue of obesity may not always receive the same public concern as other prominent health threats, developing ways to help severely overweight individuals is one of the major topics and challenges facing the U.S. nation today. The thunder god vine, as it is called, might be one such solution – or at least an important stepping-stone. It is still far too early to call this Chinese plant a cure, but when given to a test group of laboratory mice, researchers discovered that there was a 45 percent body weight decrease. To put this number into perspective, such a drop is by far the most significant obesity reduction elicited by any known substance in history.
Experts say that much more testing needs to be conducted before this “miracle” vine and Celastrol chemical can be shared commercially with humans, but it is certainly a promising start. According to the press release, such a meaningful discovery has not come a moment to soon, either. Obesity levels have climbed up to record peaks in recent years, and many medical officials say the number of people nearing the extreme overweight range is almost at epidemic like proportions.
Of course, notes the Washington Post, there is already a “cure” to obesity. The solution is healthy eating, frequent exercise, and making the right choices. Yet in the modern US society in which we live that appreciates a quick fix and immediate gratification, the source site notes that the thunder god vine would be extremely valuable. Cell journal, a scientific publication, offers an interesting article and discussion on the matter and potential of this Chinese substance breakthrough.
“A Chinese plant used as traditional medicine to treat various ailments called thunder god vine caused a huge 45 percent drop in body weight when tested in mice,” noted Newsweek in their coverage. “And most of the reduction came from fat stores.”
It is believed that the Celastrol chemical in the thunder god vine plant is the source of the immense fat loss. It intensely escalates the body’s awareness of leptin, a hormone, that has been examined to treat obesity but oftentimes fails to work on those already obese. If the weight reduction of the test mice are any example, this study could mean major things for people down the road. Perhaps it truly is the cure the world has been waiting for these past many years.
“During the last two decades, there has been an enormous amount of effort to treat obesity by breaking down leptin resistance, but these efforts have failed. The message from this study is that there is still hope for making leptin work,” shared study author Omut Ozcan, an endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in a recent comment. More investigation into this plant’s specific makeup is still ongoing.
Unfortunately, the research team acknowledges that they do not know if this vine of the thunder god is readily safe and useful for humans. More testing is being conducted on this Chinese plant, particularly with the applications of the unique chemical, Celastrol. “Celastrol is found in the roots of the thunder god vine in small amounts, but the plant’s roots and flowers have many other compounds,” added Ozcan in a statement. “As a result, it could be dangerous for humans.”