Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A Novel Fat Burner
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A Novel Fat Burner
    We all know that fish oil has a number of health benefits, but did you know that it may be a natural fat burner? Check out why and how you will want to add these essential fatty acids to your fat loss diet.
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    Unless you live in a bubble, you have heard the claims that fish oil can improve brain and cardiovascular function, as well as help to ward off certain diseases. However, did you know that fish oil may play a role in improving body composition? In this article, Brad Schoenfeld explains how the main essential fatty acids found in fish oil, known as omega-3s may serve as a healthy fat burning supplement. Better yet, he provides you with practical suggestions for integrating omega-3s into a fat loss diet.

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A Novel Fat Burner
    Strength and Conditioning Journal 26(3): 72-76

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    About the Author:

    Brad Schoenfeld, MSc, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA

    Brad Schoenfeld is widely regarded as one of America’s leading fitness authorities. He has been published or appeared internationally in over 1000 magazine and newspaper articles and has been featured on hundreds of television shows and radio programs across the United States. He is a bestselling fitness author with 8 published books that total more than 400,000 copies in print. Brad is a lecturer in the exercise science department at CUNY Lehman College in the Bronx, NY and has over 30 peer-reviewed publications to his credit. As a trainer, he has worked with numerous high level athletes and physique competitors, including many top pros. He earned his master's degree in exercise science from the University of Texas, and is currently pursuing his PhD in health science at Rocky Mountain University where his research focuses on elucidating optimal resistance training regimens to maximize muscle growth. In 2011, he was named the NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year.

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      We are all aware of the old adage, "what the mind conceives, the body will believe"! Great article! I would like to add that EPA and DHA function in different capacities. EPA's major role is producing most of the anti-inflammatory propertiesmore» of omega-3 fatty acids as it is structurally similar to arachidonic acid(AA)as they both contain 20 carbon atoms with about the same spatial configuration. As such, EPA can inhibit enzymes that would otherwise produce pro-inflammatory eicosanoids from AA. AA generates inflammation caused in brain trauma. DHA is primarily structural component of neural tissue. They do different jobs, and that's why we need both in combination. It is useful to look at 2 different studies (used same protocol to study inflammation induced by concussion injury) . One used 2:1 ratio of EPA to DHA, and the other utilized only DHA. Animal treated with DHA alone vice EPA, it showed a three times reduction of neuroinflammation compared to group that received 1/3 as much DHA. Essentially, the opposite was the case, the 2:1 EPA/DHA group demonstrated greater benefits vs DHA alone in minimizing neuroinflammation. Why? EPA demonstrated far greater anti-inflammatory agent than DHA. By using a AA/EPA ratio(marker for inflamm due to concussion). Ration decreased on both sides suggests that some of the pure DHA was converted to EPA. We need both for optimal repair brain damage post concussion. EPA for anti-inflammation and DHA rebuilds neurons(optimal brain repair for improved cognition). The take home message we need an optimal ratio of EPA/DHA for lipolysis as well as other important biochemical processes.«less

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