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Omega-3 Supplementation Shown to Reduce Markers of Inflammation

Obese people suffer from chronic inflammation of the fatty tissue which can lead to a number of ailments including type-2 diabetes. A recent study suggests that daily supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce inflammation in obese people.

The study included 55 severely obese non-diabetic individuals who took either 3.36 grams per day of EPA and DHA (the two forms of omega-3s) or butterfat as a control every day for eight weeks.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted a lower level of the genes that are associated with inflammation in fat tissue in the omega-3 group, as well as an increase in the production of an anti-inflammatory protein.

Additionally, there was a significant reduction in the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. This ratio is a marker for the level of chronic obesity-association inflammation.

Researchers for this study were based at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria. Their findings were published online ahead of print on October 3, 2012, in the American Journal of Nutrition.

Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in DHA and EPA omega-3s, while ALA omega-3 fatty-acids are plant derived and can be found in flaxseed oil, vegetable oil, and walnuts.

If you don’t like fish or you’re worried about the high mercury levels found in some fish, consider taking a high quality supplement that has been tested for purity and potency.

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