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Omega-3s Shown to Help Reduce Caloric Intake

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements were found to help overweight and obese women reduce daily caloric intake. However, the effect on body weight was not clear.

Participants in the study included 40 overweight and obese women. Over the course of 12 weeks, the women took 45% oil-in-water emulsions that mainly consisted of either DHA omega-3 fatty acids or oleic acid.

At the conclusion of the study, the omega-3 group had consumed significantly less calories, carbohydrates, and fats when compared with the control group. While the difference in body weight reduction was not statistically significant, 39% of the DHA group did achieve 5% loss in body weight compared to 7% of the oleic group.

The researchers recommend that additional, longer term studies that include both male and female participants be undertaken to further test the effect on body weight.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield and Obsidian Research Ltd in the UK conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on December 9, 2013, in the journal Nutrition Research.

Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including alleviating arthritis pain, better moods, improved joint mobility, helping with 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.

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