Fat and Healthy?
Well, sort of.
According to a new study, these sumo wrestlers have got a great reason to fight for that last piece of sushi.
Researchers have found that diets rich in Omega 3 fatty acids helped to protect their obese test subjects from the liver damage and insulin resistance that goes hand in hand with their bulging waistlines.
More specifically, it was two specific Omega 3s – protectins and resolvins—that provided the protective effects.
In the study, the researchers studied four groups of mice with an altered gene making them obese and diabetic.
- Group One was given an Omega-3-enriched diet
- Group Two was given a control diet.
- Group Three was given docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
- Group Four received only the lipid resolvin.
After five weeks, blood serum and liver samples from the test mice were examined.
The mice given the omega-3-rich diet exhibited:
- reduced hepatic (liver) inflammation
- an improvement of their fatty liver disease – NAFLD
- reduced insulin resistance/ improved insulin tolerance
- improved glucose (blood sugar) transport
- improved insulin receptor signaling
- increased production of the anti-inflammatory adipokine – adiponectin
- a decrease in the formation of Omega-6-PUFA-derived eicosanoids – PGE2 and 5-HETE
And all of improvements were due to the formation of protectins and resolvins from omega-3 fatty acids.
If you are fat, you need to increase your consumption of Omega 3 fatty acids.
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