Omega 3 and Weight Loss
What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
The importance of Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acid reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, benefits arthritis sufferers and also helps to avoid certain cancers. During pregnancy, if a mother’s diet lacks Omega-3 fatty acids; her fetus is likely to have vision and nervous system problems. The fetus absorbs these fatty acids from the mother during the period of gestation.
A lack of Omega-3, available in fish oils is said to cause memory loss, a vacillating mood, extreme fatigue and other cognitive functions are also affected. So it is very essential that Omega-3 fatty acids are always present in the diet, whether through fish oil or other vegetable products that also contains Omega-3.
If you make sure that your Omega-3 intake is proper, you are likely to be benefited with improved sugar levels and better cholesterol levels. You are also likely to have higher HDL levels. HDL is what is considered the good cholesterol. Your triglyceride levels can also be lowered, and as this is the most common form of fat in the body, it automatically helps you to lose weight.
How do you get Omega-3 into your diet?
This is really very easy if you are used to consuming fish. AHA (American Heart Association) suggests that you include fish into your diet at least twice a week. Mackerel, herring, salmon, tuna, halibut and krill are suggested. Vegetarians can look to obtain their source of Omega-3 from hemp oil, flaxseed oil, beans, tofu, walnuts and Omega-3 enriched eggs, though the oils are better used only on medical advice, as they contain saturated fat.
Weight loss and fish oil go to together because of the very many benefits of Omega-3. That is why Mediterranean diets that have reduced high fat red meat and substitute this with fish that is rich in Omega-3 acids is very popular all over the world. This diet includes whole grains, fresh fruit, vegetables and garlic which also contain Omega-3. Omega3 content of Kiwi fruit, lingonberries, walnuts, pecans and flax is also quite substantial.
Are there any dangers?
There have been some indications that consuming more than 3 grams of Omega-3 supplements like fish oil leads to strokes. So if you are planning to use fish oil to lose weight, do visit your doctor and let him suggest to you the right dosage.
As a matter of fact, you should consider taking Omega-3 with some exercises. It will be a good idea to have a good exercising plan so that you can really lose weight.