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Can fish oil boost women’s metabolism?

Australian researchers explore omega-3’s capacity to boost women’s metabolism.

Australian researchers are launching a study to see if fish oil can boost women’s metabolism.

Researchers at the University of South Australia’s Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity will investigate whether omega-3 supplementation improves women’s metabolic rate.

Though omegas are known to promote fat burning, not all previous studies have found a positive effect in humans, says Associate Professor Alison Coates.

“In a large cohort study, men who reported higher fish consumption were less likely to be overweight than those who reported low fish consumption, an effect which could be explained by its omega 3 fish oil content,” she said in a university release. “However, other studies have not seen this same relationship in women.”

During the six-week study, researchers will measure the omega-3 content of women’s blood cells.

If the study reveals fish oil’s metabo-boosting powers for women, the industry should have no trouble raising the fatty acids’ profile. Today, however, many remain clueless about the mega benefits of omega-3s. According to a recent study by the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, 77 percent of adults are unaware low omega-3 levels can be harmful to health.

 

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