The oil that turns fat storage cells into fat burning cells

I don’t obsess over my weight, and I hope you don’t either.

Of course, I know a healthy weight is important for me to maintain with my family’s heart history — so that’s what I strive for… instead of fretting over the perfect beach bod.

For the longest, though, I was stuck with an extra 10 or 15 pounds that I felt I needed to lose. I can’t count how many times I’ve wished for a magic pill that would turn me into a fat-burning machine.

Well, thanks to researchers in Kyoto, Japan, we may have gotten a little closer to that magic pill.

Brown and beige cells versus white fat

You might think of all fat as the same. But the truth is there are big differences when it comes to the fat cells in your body.

In fact, not all fat tissues actually store fat — just the cells known as “white” cells.

Basically, they’re the ones that maintain an energy supply for your body and are there to make sure that if you don’t have enough food, you won’t starve.

There are other types of fat cells though…

“Brown” cells metabolize or burn fat to help you maintain a stable body temperature. Babies have lots of these cells but the older you get, the fewer you tend to have.

And, scientists have also found a third type of fat cell, known as “beige” cells…

Researchers say that these beige cells function much like brown cells — and like brown cells, you lose them as you age. And, guess what, without these fat-burning machines, fat continues accumulating around your stomach, hips, and thighs for decades without ever being used.

Burn baby burn

The discovery of this new type of fat cell led scientists at Kyoto University to wonder whether the number of these beige cells could be increased by taking in certain types of foods.

“We knew from previous research that fish oil has tremendous health benefits, including the prevention of fat accumulation,” says senior author Teruo Kawada. “We tested whether fish oil and an increase in beige cells could be related.”

The team fed a group of mice fatty food, and other groups fatty food with fish oil additives.

And, they found that the mice that ate food with fish oil gained 5-10 percent less weight and 15-25 percent less fat than those that did not consume the oil.

So, you could still eat a fatty diet and gain 15 to 25 percent less fat just by adding in fish oil!

Just think if you follow a heart-healthy diet — and supplement with fish oil (krill oil if you can take the fish burps) how much better your BMI could be?

If that wasn’t enough, the researchers also found that the diet fired up the sympathetic nervous system which caused white cells to become beige. That’s right, they actually went from fat-storing to fat-burning!

“People have long said that food from Japan and the Mediterranean contributes to longevity, but why these cuisines are beneficial was up for debate,” said Kawada. “Now we have better insight into why that may be.”

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  1. Fish oil helps transform fat cells from storage to burning — EurekAlert!
Virginia Tims-Lawson

By Virginia Tims-Lawson

Virginia Tims-Lawson has dedicated her life to researching and studying natural health after her mother had a stroke that left her blind in one eye at the age of 47, and her grandmother and two great uncles died from heart attacks. Spurred by her family history, Virginia’s passion to improve her and her family’s health through alternative practices, nutrients and supplements has become a mission she shares through her writing. She is founder of the nutritional supplement company Peak Pure & Natural®.