Fascinating findings on fish oil. An extensive review by researchers at the University of Liverpool of data from over 180 research papers suggests that fish oils could minimize the effects junk food has on the brain. We all know junk foods taste delicious, but what’s less clear is what these tasty tidbits do once they are inside the body. The team looked at research from around the world to see if there was enough data available to suggest that omega-3s have an important part to play in helping weight loss by stimulating certain brain processes.
Studies over the last decade have shown that high fat diets could disrupt neurogenesis, a process of making new nerve cells. Diets loaded with omega-3s could prevent these bad effects by stimulating the part of the brain that controls feeding, learning and memory. The data revealed that fish oils don’t have a direct impact on this process, but are likely responsible for stalling the ability of refined sugars and saturated fats to inhibit the brain’s control on the intake of food. So they help you eat what you need, without going overboard.
According to project lead Dr. Lucy Pickavance, who is from the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, we know that body weight is influenced by lots of things, some of the most important are the nutrients we take in. Too many refined sugars and saturated fats can bring on the added pounds as well as disrupt metabolism and impact your mental processing.
The changes can be seen in the structure of the brain, including its ability to create new nerve cells, which may link obesity to neurodegenerative disorders. Studies have shown that omega-3 fish oils can reverse, or perhaps prevent, these effects.
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Research papers examined as part of the review found that on high fat diets hormones that are secreted from the body tissues into circulation after eating are kept from passing into the brain because of more inflammatory molecules and a type of fat known as triglycerides. Molecules that stimulate nerve growth are reduced as well, though research in animals shows omega-3s restore normal function by getting in the way of the production of inflammatory molecules, suppressing triglycerides and returning these nerve growth factors to normal levels.
Fish oils don’t have a direct impact on weight loss, but they do seem to put the brakes on the bad effects of some of the processes that are triggered in the brain by a high fat diet. They appear to mimic the effects of a calorie restricted diet and may just be a positive more for anyone who wants to get healthy explains Dr. Pickavance.
You can get the benefits by eating fish like mackerel, tuna, salmon, sturgeon, mullet, bluefish, anchovy, sardines, herring, trout and menhaden. If these don’t appeal, you can take fish oil supplements that are made from these types of fish and usually also have small amounts of vitamin E to keep them from spoiling. Supplements can also be combined with calcium, iron or vitamins like A, B1, B2, B3, C and D.
The research on fish oil appears in the British Journal of Nutrition.
To your good health,