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Omega-3 Supplements Shown To Reduce Fat Mass and Artery Plaque

A new study from France found that fish oil supplements may reduce fat mass. This study is in the December 2007 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The focus of this research was people with Type-2 diabetes. Twenty-seven female diabetics took part in the study. They were randomly chosen to take 3g of fish oil supplements daily or a placebo.

After two months, those taking the fish oil had significant reductions in total fat mass. In addition, the diameter of fat cells below the skin surface was significantly reduced in size. Those taking a placebo did not see a change.

Plus, markers for plaque formation in the arteries were lower – indicating heart health benefits. These markers included lower triglyceride levels and a lower ratio of triglycerides to HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

The participants in the study did not experience any significant changes in insulin sensitivity measures.

The fat loss benefits of omega-3’s from fish oil is a rapidly emerging area of scientific study. For example, in May 2007 scientists from Australia found adding fish oil supplements to exercise accelerated fat and weight loss.

What’s more, scientists at the University of Georgia found similar results for DHA – a key omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil. The scientists reported that DHA may fight excess body weight by inhibiting fat cell development. In their experiment, DHA both prevented new fat cells from forming and burned existing fat cells.
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