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Citicoline Shown To Play A Role In Reducing Cravings For High-Calorie Foods

January 4, 2010: 05:51 AM EST
A vitamin-like nutrient called citicoline might be a new aid in combating poor appetite control, new research has found. In a six-week study, U.S. scientists showed photos of high-calorie foods to 16 healthy men and women given either 500 mg or 2,000 mg doses of citicoline a day. They then measured appetite, weight, and brain response (using MRI) to the images. High-dose citicoline participants showing the greatest activation of key appetite-related regions of the brain experienced the biggest drop in appetite. The researchers concluded that citicoline does seem to reduce cravings for high-calorie foods and increase feelings of satiety.
William D.S. Killgore, PhD, Amy J. Ross, PhD, et al., "Citicoline affects appetite and cortico-limbic responses to images of high-calorie foods", International Journal of Eating Disorders, January 04, 2010, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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