New pill promises a meal without a tummy ache

Written by By Sarah Berry, CNN

If you struggle to get kids to eat a nutritious lunch — or get those grown-ups to eat enough — you’re probably familiar with the discomfort many suffer from because of a condition called gastrointestinal disorder.

Because their brains are still developing, when “the body switches off the digestion system of the food due to not taking in enough food,” experts say, this can cause a problem.

What’s more, with all of the other day-to-day stressors a parent has to contend with, a childhood stomach disorder can be difficult to manage.

Fancy a nice dinner but then decide to go for a walk? Watch your thoughts slip into a bad habit? It’s easy for that slip of the tongue to land you in rehab.

Now a British company has created a new easy-to-take pill that can curb some of these problems. Called Cervizim, the pill is composed of two ingredients, selenium and xanthamine, and is being trialed on pediatric patients to see if it’s an effective solution to help them become more satiated.

First things first, the study is being funded by the company’s research and development arm, with trials taking place at Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Regional Intervention and Rescue Unit. Around 30 children will be involved, 15 of whom will be given the pills and another 15 who will receive a placebo.

The year-long trial will evaluate the effects of taking Cervizim for both meals and snacks, and follow up with additional physical and psychological tests.

The aim is to find out whether the pill can reduce the appetite of children with gastrointestinal disorders and improve their condition, as well as their quality of life.

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If you’re a grown-up, try this on for size: The next time you’re grumbling about those darned groceries and the kids aren’t eating, remember that those stomach pains of yours are probably the result of your brain becoming wired to downsize.

For obvious reasons, giving kids medication to either shrink or boost their stomachs seems like a terrible idea. But studies have shown that taking both selenium and xanthamine can help adult patients feel fuller for longer. In a 2009 study at Wake Forest University , a 150-milligram dose of Xanthamine increased food enjoyment by 45% and improved sensation in stomach pain and nausea by 31%.

Adding Cervizim to this mix seems like an even better idea.

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