Doubtful about getting weight loss jab? THESE 2 plants can do the trick

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New Delhi: Weight loss drugs are often seen as a go-to solution for all those struggling to drop the extra kilos efficiently. Yet, little do people realise that taking the easier route can do more harm than good in some cases. However, as per a study, two common drugs can become the source of Ozempic-style weight loss drugs. Although the plants have not been named yet, Spanish researchers say that they could produce similar chemicals that can support weight loss goals in the long run.

Experts say that it can in the future be used as an alternative to weight loss pills and is also safer due to the absence of the side effects of synthetic injections. As per the lead author of the study conducted by the Catholic University of Murcia, researchers are in the early stages of developing GLP-1 agonists from natural sources. Here, they referred to Semaglutide, an active ingredient in weight loss and diabetes drugs like Wegovy and Ozempic. Researchers said that it can mimic the natural hormone known as GLP-1 which is produced in response to the body detecting the nutrients when one eats.

How do weight loss drugs work?

Experts say that when a patient takes semaglutide overnight, it results in a similar response which makes one feel full all the time, and reduces how much they want to eat consequently. Studies show that the drugs can help lose 16 kilos in four weeks, but there could be side effects as well, such as:

Vomiting
Anxiety
Irritability
Nausea

Furthermore, research confirmed that once patients stop taking the drugs, they are likely to regain lost weight. Additionally, most of the GLP-1 agonists are peptides, which are short chains of amino acids that are depleted by stomach enzymes. Therefore, they are currently more likely to be injected than being taken orally. Researchers say that drugs that are not peptides are likely to have fewer side effects. They are also easier to administer.
According to the latest study which will be presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Venice in May, researchers evaluated the potential natural alternatives to synthetic GLP-1 agonists. Researchers also relied on AI to analyse over 10,000 compounds to find which binds to the GLP-1 receptor, the part of the body which recognises GLP-1 hormone.

The plants’ names have not been revealed as they are soon to be patented.

How to lose weight?

In order to lose weight sustainably, the following tips are recommended:

Workout for 150 minutes in a week
Quit sugary drinks
Eat more fibre
Cut down on saturated fat and sugar intake
Limit carbs intake

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