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Wouldn't it be great if you could get your exercise from a pill?

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We all know exercise is important. Wouldn't it be great to get your exercise from a pill?  Sounds crazy, but researchers are Harvard Medical School think they're onto something.  

Scientists say they've pinpointed the hormone in muscle cells that triggers the benefits of exercise, and it's kind of a chemical messenger. Other researchers agree, and it sounds promising.

Dr. Kevin Jon Williams said, "The discovery of this hormone, Irisin that's released from muscle during exercise is a major scientific breakthrough."  "When animals or people exercise the muscle releases this hormone, and it tells the fat to burn more calories."

Researchers say the hormone has a powerful effect on white fat, which is the fat that gets stored as calories. Testing has begun on mice, but it is years away from any study on humans.  Even in the best scenario, a pill like this might help you burn fat, but we'll still have to build muscle the old fashioned way.

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