New York: Scientists believe that they could reap the benefits of exercise through a pill.Two new studies investigate the enticing possibility that we might one day be able to gain the benefits of exercise by downing a pill, rather than by actually sweating, the New York Times reported. But while some of the research holds out promise for an effective workout pill, there remains the question of whether such a move is wise.The more encouraging of the new studies expands on a major study published last year in Nature. In that study, a team at the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida, reported that a compound they had created and injected into obese mice increased activation of a protein called REV-ERB, which is known to partially control animals` circadian rhythms and internal biological clocks. The injected animals lost weight, even on a high-fat diet, and improved their cholesterol profiles.
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