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  • Fish oil reduces accumulation of body fat

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    Thursday, September 16, 2010 6:02 am Email this article
    Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil reduce the accumulation of body fat by limiting how the increase in fat cell size and the increase in the number of fat cells according to a study using mice. Omega-3’s limit weight gain

    “Omega-3 [fatty acids] of marine origin reduce [body fat] in animals fed a high-fat diet,” the authors note.

    Weight gain limited when omega-3 increased to 12% of dietary fat

    Omega-3 fatty acids contain two components known as EPA and DHA.

    Weight gain caused by a high-fat diet was limited when the amount of EPA and DHA increased from 1 percent of dietary fat to 12 percent.


    Ruzickova J, Rossmeisl M, Prazak T, Flachs P, Sponarova J, Veck M, Tvrzicka E, Bryhn M, Kopecky J. Omega-3 pufa of marine origin limit diet-induced obesity in mice by reducing cellularity of adipose tissue. Lipids. 2004 Dec, 39(12):1177-85.


    Department of Adipose Tissue Biology and Centre for Integrated Genomics
    Institute of Physiology
    Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
    142 20 Prague, Czech Republic

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    On Mar 05, 2005 at 1:31 am Randy Smith, MD wrote:

    . . . . .

    Adding a pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplement to your diet is probably the single most significant thing you can do for your health. In addition to the weight loss benefits noted in this article the EPA DHA content of marine source omega 3 fatty acids act to reduce inflammation in the body which is thought to contrribute to many ilnnesses including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, dementia to name few. Feel free to write if you need a recommendation on what and how much to take. Dr. Smith http://www.antiagingatlanta.com

    On Mar 05, 2005 at 7:11 am Larry Hobbs wrote:

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    Dr. Smith,

    Thanks for you input.

    I agree it omega-3's are very important.

    One of my favorite interviews is with Dr. Artemis Simopoulos.

    She talked about how we used to get a equal amount of omega-3's and omega-6's in our diet, but now the ratio has shifted way out of balance so that we now get about 20 times as much omega-6's -- found in things like corn oil -- as omega-3's -- found in fish oil and green leafy vegetables.

    As you mentioned, she talks about how this puts us in a pro-inflammatory state.

    She also says that when the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 exceeds 4-to-1, we are prone to diabetes.

    It seems to me that this information alone could help millions with diabetes or pre-diabetes.

    She is the only one I have ever heard talk about this.

    The interview with Dr. Simopoulos can be found here:


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