Fish Oil Helps the Body Burn Fat: Study

Fish Oil Helps the Body Burn Fat: Study

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 23 Dec 2015 - 20:13


Fish oil transforms fat-storage cells into fat-burning cells that may help cut down weight gain in middle aged people. Research team explain that fish oil sparks off receptors in the digestive tract and triggers activity in the sympathetic nervous system that stimulates storage cells to metabolize fat.

Humans have three types of fat tissues: white, brown and newly discovered beige cells. However, not all fat tissues store fat. The only so-called "white" cells store fat as a means to sustain energy supply, whereas "brown" cells metabolize fat to sustain stable body temperature. Although brown cells are ample in babies, they diminish with maturity into adulthood.

The third type of fat cell known as "beige" cells perform much like brown cells and starts diminishing in number as age increases. However, the scientists tried to study whether the number of these beige cells could be elevated by taking in certain types of foods.

Senior author Teruo Kawada says, "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."

For the study, researchers fed one group of mice with fatty food and other groups with fatty food and fish oil additives.

It was found that those mice which ate food with fish oil, gained about 5 to 10% less weight and upto 25% less fat as compared with those who did not consume the oil.

Benefits: Fish oil is known to have several health benefits, of which some are backed up and some not. However, including fish oil in your diet, benefits health in various ways like:

  • Post-natal depression: Fish is long known to be a brain food.  Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and herring may play a critical role development and maintenance of the brain and nerves. Dr. Michelle Price Judge, of the University of Connecticut, School of Nursing, said "DHA consumption during pregnancy at levels that are reasonably attained from foods has the potential to decrease symptoms of postpartum depression."
  • Mental health benefits: Fish oils are known to help those suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
  • Memory benefits:A study published in PLOS journal (October, 2012) says increasing fish oil intake helps improve working memory.
  • Protection from Alzheimer's disease: Regular consumption of fish oil is claimed to prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Reference:Journal: Fish oil intake induces UCP1 upregulation in brown and white adipose tissue via the sympathetic nervous system. Scientific Reports, 2015; Kyoto University. "Fish oil helps transform fat cells from storage to burning: Research shows how fish oil can improve fat metabolism in mice." 

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