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Omega-3s Plus Oleate May Improve Risk Factors for People with Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, including central obesity, hypertension, and disturbed glucose, and insulin metabolism. that raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other diseases. A recent study suggests that taking omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and oleate (a monounsaturated fatty acid) may boost the benefits of exercise in people with metabolic syndrome.


Participants in the study included 36 people with metabolic syndrome who underwent one of two interventions: 500 mL/day of semi-skim milk or 500 mL/day of skim milk enriched with 275 mg omega-3s and 7.5 g of oleate daily for 24 weeks. All of the participants underwent high-intensity interval training.


At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted improvements in blood pressure, waist circumference, and fat mass in both groups. However, the omega-3/oleate group also had significant improvements in three other areas: a 31.5% increase in insulin sensitivity, a 32.1% decrease in the inflammation marker C-reactive protein, and a 10.3% increase in HDL cholesterol.


Researchers from the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain, Central Michigan University, and the University of Michigan conducted the study. It was published on June 29, 2016, in the journal Obesity.


Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved mood, improved joint mobility, reducing the risk of age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.


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 omega-3s. For people who don’t like fish, consider taking a daily high quality non-fish supplement that has been tested for purity and potency.


Oleate is also known as oleic acid and can be found in avocados, olive oil, and canola oil. Previous studies suggest that oleic acid may improve fasting plasma glucose, insulin sensitivity and blood circulation. While oleic acid is good for you, if you’re watching your weight it’s best to eat small amounts, as it is high in calories.

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