Omega 3 Helps Weight-loss? November 24, 2016
Every year we learn more and more about the “super fatty-acid” called Omega 3, from helping to fight heart disease, breast cancer, depression and countless other health issues, the list of positive effects that Omega 3 has on human health just keep growing.
Omega 3 for Weight-loss?
A new study is indicating that Omega-3 fatty acids are also able to stimulate the activation of brown and beige adipose tissues, a discovery that would promote the development of new therapies for obesity and other metabolism diseases, according to a research study published in the journal Nature Communications under the supervision of Professor Francesc Villarroya, from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biomedicine.
“This discovery has implications in the understanding of the positive effects of n-3 PUFAS on the control of metabolic diseases and other aspects regarding the treatment for obesity and type 2 diabetes,” says Professor Francesc Villarroya.
According to the conclusions of the article published in Nature Communications, the specific receptor GPR120 for the Omega poli-unsaturated fatty acids enables the activation of brown adipose tissue, which is linked -in several scientific studies- to protection from obesity and metabolic diseases such as diabetes or dyslipemia (alterations in lipid metabolism).
The main function of brown adipose tissue is to burn calories and to make physical warmth out of fat (thermogenesis). However, a recent study by this research team has defined that brown adipose tissue also acts as an endocrine organ and can secrete factors that activate fat and carbohydrates metabolism.
According to Francesc Villarroya, “these molecules, released by the adipose tissue (brown adipocytes or batokines) have positive metabolic effects. For this reason, they could be used in new therapies for obesity and related metabolic diseases.”