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.