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Want to Lose Weight? Eat Fish and Exercise – Omega 3 Fatty Acids Benefit Weight Loss – Fish Oil Has Other Advantages Too

July 29th 2006

Want to Lose Weight? Eat Fish and Exercise – Omega 3 Fatty Acids Benefit Weight Loss – Fish Oil Has Other Advantages Too


New research from Australia shows that daily doses of Omega-3 fatty acids can help obese people lose weight.  The study included 68 participants divided into four groups.  One group was given fish oil with another was given sunflower oil.  There was no change in diet but both were asked to exercise for 45 minutes, three times per week.  The other two groups were given the same oils, but did not exercise. 

Reuters reported that those who took the fish oil and exercised lost an average of 2 kg over a three month period.  The other three groups did not lose any weight. The researchers believe it has something to do with the Omega-3 fatty acids found in the fish.  The sunflower oil did not have these fatty acids.   

Researcher Alison Hill told the news agency "The Omega-3 found in fish oil increases fat-burning ability by improving the flow of blood to muscles during exercise.  We were very surprised to see it was so effective, especially since these people were still eating whatever they wanted."


The fish oil has the added benefit of boosting brain function and also cuts the risk of stroke.  These benefits became apparent in a six-year study by the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  They also concluded that fish oil also helps protect the brain as we age.

There have been numerous studies illustrating the benefits of fish oil.  Some doctors say that patients with ADHD could also benefit from the substance.  Dr. Joseph Mercola’s website says “It appears that children with ADHD just are not able to chemically convert the plant omega-3, ALA to fish oil very well. The problem is further worsened when omega-6 fats are consumed and the ideal omega-6:3 ratio of 1:1, progresses to the typical standard American ratio of 15:1. Many of these children have ratios which are even worse and can be as high as 50:1.”

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