This peptide is also called Mitochondrial Derived Peptide. Mitochondria are the energy powerhouse of the cell. Energy, essential to so many necessary bodily functions gives this peptide its utility as an energy enhancing treatment whether used by those who suffer from fatigue problems, to those who use it for enhancement of athletic activity. And its broader application may be as a general anti-aging supplement. It has been suggested that the Japanese long -lived population may have an advantage regarding their natural genetic expression of this peptide as a part of their extended lifespan when compared to other populations. Given its role in energy metabolism it may also be an effective weight reduction enhancer. In 2015 a research article published in the scientific journal Cell Metabolism was entitled The Mitochondrial Derived Peptide MOTS-c Promotes Metabolic Homeostasis and Reduces Obesity and Insulin Resistance.