Metabolism Booster Discovered by Scientists at Houston's Baylor College of Medicine

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Texas scientists discover a new way to reverse the metabolism slowdown that happens with aging, leading to weight loss and more energy. Pruvin launches in Houston.

It’s a familiar ritual. Every January, most of us swear that this is the year we are going to lose those extra pounds and get into shape. In Houston, it’s particularly familiar, because the city has a well-documented weight problem. Named “America’s Fattest City” three times in the past five years by Men’s Fitness Magazine (, 34% of Houstonians are overweight, according to the CDC, and the city has the highest number of fast-food restaurants in the country (1,034 at last count) ( Houston has in the last few years taken its weight problem seriously, though, with the Mayor’s Office kicking off the Healthy Houston Initiative and local non-profit organization Shape Up Houston setting the lofty goal of helping Houstonians lose one million pounds. But the problem might be tougher than we know. As we get into our 40s and beyond, our metabolism slows down, making it harder to process food efficiently and slowing down our energy – causing weight gain, even if we do the same exercise and dieting we’ve always done. However, scientists at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston have been working on a solution over the past 14 years.

The solution involves replenishing two key amino acids that become depleted with age. These amino acids are crucial to the production of glutathione, which is essential to healthy metabolic function. Their research showed that with two weeks of supplementing those amino acids in the right quantity and combination, people lost an average of three pounds of fat, and gained two pounds of muscle.

"We wanted to know what happens to mitochondrial ability to burn fat with long-term glutathione deficiency in older people," said Rajagopal V. Sekhar, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine - Endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine. "When we give these older people cysteine and glycine in their diets and corrected glutathione deficiency, amazingly their fat oxidation also normalized," he said. "The older people go back to burning fat as well as younger people within 14 days."

Baylor licensed the patented compound to Vitavis Labs, which has developed it as a dietary supplement, a powdered drink mix for daily use. Pruvin is launching in January, 2015 in Houston.

“We wanted Houston to be the first market to benefit from this product, both because it was discovered here, and because this great city has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to healthy weight loss.” said Tim Tigner, CEO of Vitavis Labs.

Pruvin is now available online at and at as well as select physicians’ offices in Houston.

A one-month supply of Pruvin costs $99.95.

For more information about the product, go to

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About Vitavis Labs:

Vitavis Laboratories, a privately held research-based life sciences company based in San Ramon, CA. It was founded to advance and commercialize research from Baylor College of Medicine, and is focused on developing innovative non-prescription products to optimize the human metabolism.

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