Did you know that a linkage between your enzymes and brain cells prevents you from overfeeding? While investigating the brain’s memory and learning systems in mice, scientists at the John Hopkins School of Medicine last week came across a particular type of brain cell that sends signals to the body communicating that ‘enough is enough.’
“When the brain cell we discovered fires and sends off signals, our laboratory mice stop eating soon after. The signals seem to tell the mice they’ve had enough,” says Richard Huganir, PhD, director of the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
This new research sheds light on the sensation of fullness and satisfaction after eating and could help in treatment for people prone to overeating. “We believe we have found a new receiver of information that directly affects brain activity and feeding behaviour, and if our findings bear out in other animals, including people, they may advance the search for drugs or other means of controlling appetites,” one of the researchers Lagerlöf said.