The famous saying “health is wealth” has long been used to motivate people to, well, get in shape. Of all the food that experts recommend for attaining good health, fish oil is often near the top.
There have been a lot of talk about how Japanese and Mediterranean food greatly contribute to a healthy body, but their secrets have yet to be fully cracked. Fortunately, continual research are providing more and more insight into why they are so conducive to a long life.
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When it comes to losing weight, a study conducted by Kyoto University in Japan found that fish oil in particular may actually burn fat faster than actual fat-burning pills and could lead to more efficient weight loss in overweight or obese people in their 30s and 40s.
Fish oil (natures’ richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids) activates the receptors in the digestive tract, inducing the nervous system and storage cells to burn fat quicker.
Contrary to popular opinions, not all the fat tissues in your body store fat. White cells store fat in order to keep energy supply steady and flowing, while brown cell burn the fat to achieve and maintain a stable body temperature. Brown cells are abundant in babies but slowly decrease in number until we reach adulthood.
Beige cells, a third type of cell recently discovered in humans and mice, have a similar function as brown cells and also reduce in number when people approach middle age.
Without brown and beige cells, fats will not be used (metabolize) for year, leading to their accumulation in the body. Teruo Kawada, senior author of the study, said:
“We knew from previous research that fish oil has tremendous health benefits, including the prevention of fat accumulation. We tested whether fish oil and an increase in beige cells could be related.”
To test the theory, Kawada and his team fed a group of mice with fatty food and another group with fatty food with fish oil additives. They found that the mice who consumed food with fish oil had 15 to 25 percent less fat and 5 to 10 percent less weight when compared to the mice who consumed only the fatty food.
Interestingly, the researchers also found that beige cells are created from white fat cells when the sympathetic nervous system is activated, meaning certain fat storage cells can acquire the ability to metabolise.
In a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, Kawada explained:
“People have long said that food from Japan and the Mediterranean contribute to longevity, but why these cuisines are beneficial was up for debate. Now we have better insight into why that may be.”
The benefits of fish oil cannot be overstated. In addition to helping you lose weight, it has been shown to aid in the treatment of heart disease, ADHD, anxiety, depression, cancer, high cholesterol, inflammation, arthritis, alzheimer’s disease, eczema, diabetes, weakened immunity, and autoimmune disease.
Fish oil has also been proven to aid the body in fertility, healthy pregnancy, healthy skin and increased energy. Isn’t it about time you made it an important part of your diet?