This Is How Fish Oil Burns Your Fat

September 21, 2016

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For decades now, fish and fish products have been promoted as healthy weight loss foods. Fish oil, however, is also capable of preventing weight gain, and this is how.

From Storage To Burning

A recent study investigated the process in which fish oil helps us lose weight. The research team, led by Teruo Kawada, discovered that this substance actually transforms our fat-storage cells into fat-burning cells, making the body use stored fat for energy.

Not all fat is created the same in the body. “White” cells store fat to maintain energy, while the so called “brown” cells” metabolize it in order to preserve the body temperature.

But in recent years, “beige” cells have also been discovered in humans and mice.

These cells act mostly like brown cells, but drop in quantity as we approach middle age and this is why we’re more susceptible to weight gain as we grow older.

When fish oil is introduced to a diet, the number of beige cells increases exponentially. As 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.”

So there you have it – the older you get, the more fat you’ll accumulate. If you want to prevent this, add some fish oil to your regular diet and don’t worry about stacking those excess pounds.