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    Saturday, November 15, 2003 9:34 am Email this article
    omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in fish oil, are important for dieters according Mauro Di Pasquale, M.D.

    "The Omega-3?s like LNA [alpha-linolenic acid] and eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid -- known as EPA and DHA, respectively -- are critical to anyone concerned with dieting. They increase fatty acid oxidation (burning of fat) and basal metabolic rates and lower cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids also provide an anabolic effect by increasing the binding of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) to skeletal muscle and improving insulin sensitivity, even on diets high in fat, which have a tendency to decrease insulin sensitivity. As well, fish oils may also have important implications for women prone to osteoporosis, since they appear to decrease calcium excretion."

    REFERENCE

    Di Pasquale, MG. The eicosanoids and muscle protein synthesis. Anabolic Research Review, 2(1): 6-10.

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