Fish Oil May Help With Weight Loss Instead of Appetite Suppressants
People have used fish oil to improve brain function, alleviate depression or reduce inflammation, but what if it could help you lose weight without appetite suppressants? A Japanese study published in the journal Scientific Report had two groups of mice both eating fatty foods, but one group had fish oil added to that food. The mice that ate this food gained significantly less weight and less fat. These mice also had lower glucose and insulin levels and a hotter core temperature. Scientists then measured energy burn and found that these mice also burn more calories.
Cold temperatures activate brown fat which the hypothalamus recognizes and will activate a protein called UCP1. Then brown fat gets the signal to generate heat. High levels of this protein were found in mice that ate fish oil and also found in white fat. This indicates that fish oil may help turn white fat in to brown fat. Research is in preliminary stages so you may not want to rush to get fish oil, however it could have brain benefits.