When people claim to have "tried everything" in the battle against the bulge, they never really mean it. Dieting and exercise? Absolutely! Fasting? Maybe. Breast milk? Probably not.

According to an article in the Japanese publication Asashi Geino, translated by the Mainichi Daily News, a recent study found lactoferrin, a protein found in body fluids may cut visceral fat by as much as 40 percent.

Visceral fat is the fat deep within the abdomen and has been linked to increased risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

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While lactoferrin is found in many body fluids, including mucus and tears, it is found in significant levels in breast milk.

The scientists at Lion Corp. told Asashi Geino that they accidentally stumbled across the slim-down potential while studying lactoferrin’s ability to fight gum disease, the Mainichi Daily News reported.

Some of the participants started to lose weight, so scientists began studying lactoferrin.

One of advisors of the research told Asahi Geino that three years of data showed lactoferrin drastically reduced visceral fat.

Lion Corp. plans to use this discovery to manufacture a weight-loss product using lactoferrin.