Weight Loss and Omega 3: Looking for Links

Weight loss could be linked to Omega-3 supplements according to recent media reports. But, research findings are being misinterpreted, says one nutritional expert. So, what are the benefits of Omega-3s?

omega 3s linked to lower BMIOmega-3 fatty acids might do a body good, but there’s no proof yet that they help burn fat.

Testing has shown that many people who have a low body mass index also have high blood levels of Omega-3. The nutrient is found in many types of fish, plus certain nuts and fruits.

Studies show Omega-3s can lower blood pressure and even lower the risk of heart attacks. But so far, research hasn’t proven that a high level of this nutrient has anything to do with keeping weight down.

Although there is no proof that Omega-3s actually promote weight loss, Jacqueline Jacques, chief science officer for Bariatric Advantage, noted that they are an important part of a healthy diet, and that many Americans are lacking in the nutrient.

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“A few weeks ago, the American Heart Association came out with a very clear statement recommending for the maintenance of heart and cardiovascular health, that all adults should be getting somewhere around 500 mg of these fatty acids each and every day,” she said. Jacques noted that fatty fish, including salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring, are packed with Omega-3s. Many foods are now also being fortified with Omega-3 fatty acids, and supplements are also available.

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