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Scientists Discover One Weird Way To Better Heart Health (and fat loss) October 3, 2013


Scientists Discover One Weird Way To Better Heart Health (and fat loss)

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

There are an increasing number of people that are at risk for developing heart disease.

And, they are not just at risk because of the common issues – altered cholesterol levels, inactivity, or smoking – but, by more uncommon issues.

One of the reasons for the sudden spike in cardiovascular risk: overweight, obesity, altered cholesterol levels, and insulin resistance.

More commonly referred to as metabolic syndrome, this condition may be leading to more health related issues than ever before.

But there is good news!

There is ONE nutrient that, research shows, may slow the rise in blood lipid levels, alter cholesterol metabolism, and even reduce inflammatory states associated with being overweight or obese.

And, to say this nutrient is important, well, that would be the BIGGEST understatement of the year…

Omega-3 and Cholesterol Metabolism

According to this study, elevated cholesterol levels combined with being overweight or obese, and insulin resistant may set the stage for future adverse heart health conditions.

And the sad fact is: There are more overweight or obese people in this country – and around the world – that may suffer from this unfortunate and, often times, preventable health condition.

Now, studies also show that omega-3 fatty acids may do some wonderful things inside your body.

From increasing adiponectin levels (fat burning protein) to improving blood lipid levels, omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to improve many aspects of your health.

Although there are many people that consume omega-3 fatty acids – from krill oil, almonds, olive oil, etc. – there may also be a large number of people who don’t.

And this could be leading to a serious health epidemic.

Now, back to the study…

Researchers attempted to see if increasing omega-3 fatty acid intake – through supplementation or in the diet – could positively affect elevated cholesterol levels and inflammation in the body.

Here’s what they found:

They found that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation resulted in a significant improvement – or decrease – in the postprandial response for triglycerides, apoB48, and lipopolysaccharide binding protein (LBP) when compared to controls.

ApoB48 is a molecule in the body that is responsible for transporting cholesterol to the tissues in your body.

And LBP is a protein that binds to bacterial lipopolysaccharides that creates an immune response by your body.  In simple terms, it binds to a molecule that creates inflammation.

The researchers also showed that supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids resulted in a decrease in body weight gain and an increase in adiponectin – with a reduction in food intake – compared to the control group.

What did they conclude?

“Acute dietary omega-3 supplementation can improve fasting as well as postprandial lipid metabolism and components of the associated inflammatory response in the JCR:LA-cp fat.  Further, moderate dose omega-3 supplementation may reduce corresponding body weight during conditions of hypercholesterolaemia and/or decrease inflammation associated with obesity and the metabolic syndrome.”

More Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to a lower risk for heart disease, improved eye health, improved brain function, and even improvements in reproductive health.

Now, according to this study, people who suffer from metabolic syndrome (collection of health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance) may benefit from the use of omega-3 fatty acids.

From improvements in lipid metabolism to lowering inflammation, this study shows that omega-3 fatty acids may provide positive health benefits for people suffering from metabolic syndrome and who are overweight/obese.

So if you’re looking for a way to boost your health, heart health, or overall health, then taking a high quality omega 3 fatty acid supplement may be the answer for you.

A bit technical but important info!

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