Every month, I like to scan the biochemistry and nutritional research, to see if a particular study stands out for its’ “think different” approach to a common issue.
A particular study conducted by Dr. Stephen Anton’s group in the Southeast region of the US seemed to do this with their obesity research. They wanted to explore any particular biochemistry imbalance that could influence food cravings and hunger to result in weight loss. They did uncover an interesting relationship with a micro-mineral level in the brain and how that could influence hunger, cravings and overeating.
Now initially you say this is common sense but the “think different “ aspect to this study came into play when they began looking at biochemistry mechanisms that actually did all three (reduced cravings, hunger and increased food satisfaction).
In two separate studies conducted- one double blind animal study and another human subject study, they measured the micro-mineral (chromium picolinate which is key to proper glucose metabolism) to assess its relationship within the brain. The researchers explained that having an optimal blood level of chromium picolinate was enough of an influence on the brain’s hunger center to suppress cravings/hunger and elevate meal satisfaction!
Working with the Sustainable High Performer clients at TIGNUM, I find that “knowing” the nutrition strategies is not the issue, sometimes consistently “doing” them can be challenging for some of above stated reasons. Thinking differently about food cravings, hunger satisfaction and managing weight by choosing foods are nutrient dense to optimize micro-mineral levels may be hold a key for high performance clients. I look forward to more exploration of unique associations between eating behaviors and nutritional biochemistry to offer us understanding on how to have more vitality and eat to thrive just not survive.
By Patti Milligan
Director of Nutrition