The Mechanism Which Regulates The Production Of Energy Burning Brown Fat

There are two types of fat present in humans: white fat which stores fat and brown fat which burns fat to produce heat. Brown adipose tissue plays an important role in heat production and energy metabolism and now scientists have discovered the mechanism which regulates the production of brown fat.

Brown fat also metabolises glucose and fatty acids, making it vital in order to improve body composition and the natural way to prevent the development of obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

BMP-7 is the protein which plays a key role in the control of brown fat formation and its heat-producing activity, which regulates whole body metabolism. Those who lack this protein may be more prone to weight gain and metabolic diseases. BMP-7 is an ideal candidate for scientists to develop a treatment from, which would be aimed at fighting obesity and the diseases associated with it.


Schulz TJ, Huang P, Huang TL, Xue R, McDougall LE, Townsend KL, Cypess AM, Mishina Y, Gussoni E, Tseng YH, Brown Fat Paucity due to Impaired BMP Signalling Induces Compensatory Browning of White Fat, Nature, 2013.

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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