In previous studies, the hormone PYY has been shown to:
- Reduce appetite
- Increase efficiency of digestion
- Increase nutrient absorption
- Increase fluid absorption
- Reduce caloric intake by 30%
Until you learn that….
- All of this amazing research has been conducted with injectible PYY.
- When PYY is taken orally (as in a weight loss pill), the “hormone is destroyed in the stomach and that which isn’t destroyed has difficulty crossing into the bloodstream through the intestines”.
And no one wants to take multiple injections of PYY every day in order to lose a few pounds.
And that’s precisely why Dr. Robert Doyle of Syracuse University is hard at work developing a way of disguising the PYY so it can travel through the digestive system relatively unharmed.
Several years ago, Doyle developed a way to use vitamin B12 as a vehicle for the oral delivery of the hormone insulin.
The reason he uses B12 is because it is able to pass through the digestive system with relative ease and carry with it insulin, or other substances, into the bloodstream.
In his latest research, his team attached the PYY hormone to his patent-pending vitamin B12 system.
“Phase one of this study was to show that we could deliver a clinically relevant amount of PYY into the bloodstream,” Doyle says. “We did that, and we are very excited by the results.”
Now, they just have to find a way of inserting the B12-PYY system into such things as a lozenge or a chewing gum product like the nicotine-laced gums smokers use to curb their cravings.
How cool is that?