The Power of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

by Maria on December 12, 2013

For many years, doctors and nutrition experts have preached that a low-fat diet is key to losing weight, and preventing health problems. However, research has shown that, more than just the amount of fat, it’s the types of fat you include in your healthy weight loss diet plan that really matter. While bad fats increase cholesterol and your risk of certain diseases, good fats manage cholesterol, protect your heart, and support overall health. And most importantly, good fats—such as omega-3 fats—are essential to physical and emotional health.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat which are proving to promote weight loss, health, and well-being. So much so, that it is claimed they can reduce almost in half the risk of metabolic syndrome – a set of risk factors associated with obesity, diabetes, heart disease and early death!

Types of Omega-3 Fatty Acids that Can Help you Lose Weight

  • EPA and DHA – are found in cold-water fatty fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, or sardines, or high-quality fish oil supplements. They have the most research to back up their health benefits.  Canned albacore tuna and lake trout can also be good sources, depending on how the fish were raised and processed. If you’re a vegetarian, or you don’t like fish, you can still get your omega-3s by eating algae, or taking a fish oil or algae supplement.
  • ALA –comes from flax seed, walnuts, and canola oil. Studies suggest that it’s a less potent form of omega-3 fatty acids than EPA and DHA.

What to Do about Mercury in Fish

The fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish.It is best to avoid eating  large fish, such as shark, swordfish, tilefish, and king mackerel.

How to Choose the Best Omega-3 Supplement for your Healthy Weight Loss Plan

  • Avoid products that don’t list the source of their omega-3s;
  • Don’t fall for fortified foods;
  • Look for the total amount of EPA and DHA on the label;
  • Choose supplements that are mercury-free, pharmaceutical grade, and molecularly distilled.

How Do Omega-3 Supplements Aid in Fat Loss?

Research has found that they help you:

  • Burn body fat;
  • Reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and by doing so, enable you to get rid of dangerous belly fat and keep it off;
  • Reduce your insulin levels. When insulin levels are high, your HGH levels are low, and you can’t use fat for fuel;
  • Increase the fat-burning within fat cells.

 Health Benefits of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids:

  • Increased longevity;
  • Mood improvement;
  • Decreased  anxiety.

Plus, Omega-3s:

  • Help you fight  fatigue;
  • Are super fats for the brain and heart, and  reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer;
  • Prevent and reduce the symptoms of depression;
  • Protect against memory loss, and dementia;
  • Ease arthritis, joint pain, and inflammatory skin conditions;
  • Support a healthy pregnancy.

When getting your Omega-3s from supplements, it is important that you choose the right brand to include in your healthy weight loss program. The wrong ones will cause inflammation, and the body cannot burn fat in a state of inflammation! Most Omega-3 supplements come from fish in the form of fish oil.

However, some health experts claim that krill oil is the best source of Omega-3 fatty acids for your healthy weight loss diet. Why?

Well, because krill are tiny deep water shellfish that are completely free of unhealthy toxins and pollution, commonly found in regular fish oil. In fact, doctors in Japan have now switched their patients from regular fish oil to krill oil.

Other Reasons to Take Krill Oil Over Fish Oil

Research suggests that it has:

  • 47 times the antioxidant power of regular fish oil;
  • 500% better absorption by your body than regular fish oil, according to U.S. Government National Institute of Health.

Also, a recent study at McGill University showed that krill oil increased good cholesterol 10 times better than fish oil.

To sum up: It is essential  that you incorporate Omega-3 fatty acids in your healthy weight loss diet to maintain good health and lose weight!

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