The Weight Loss Cure? Time Magazine ‘Weighs’ In

| December 22, 2015 | Reply

Excerpted from  Many people take fish oil with the hopes of boosting their brain function, or alleviating depression, or reducing inflammation in the body. Some debate remains about the efficacy of fish oil supplements in producing these benefits in humans, but a new animal study published in the journal Scientific Reports finds that fish oil does appear to aid with weight loss—in mice.

In the Japanese study, the researchers fed two groups of mice fatty food, but one group had fish oil added to the chow. Mice that ate this food gained significantly less weight and less fat, compared to the group with regular chow. They also and had lower insulin and fasting glucose levels, plus a hotter core temperature.

The scientists then measured energy burn and found that the mice fed fish oil burned more calories—possibly due to an increase in brown fat, a kind of fat that burns calories. Other research has shown an anti-obesity effect of fish oil, the researchers write.


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