Fish oil has long been known to confer a wide range of health benefits, including boosting the cardiovascular system and potentially even treating the effects of schizophrenia. Now a new study from Japan says it could also help people trying to lose weight.
Researchers from Kyoto University found that mice fed on fatty food and fish oil gained considerably less weight and fat than mice that consumed fatty food alone. The findings suggest that fish oil is able to transform fat-storage cells into fat-burning cells – and if the same process occurs in humans, fish oil could help us reduce weight gain, especially as we age, when our fat-burning cells are in lesser supply.
The researchers fed one group of mice fatty food, and another group fatty food with fish oil additives. The results, published in Scientific Report, reveal how the animals that consumed the food with fish oil gained less 5 to 10 percent less weight and 15 to 25 percent less fat – a significant reduction in the circumstances.