If you're overweight, obese, or suffering from metabolic disorder, you probably think the last thing you want to do is to stimulate your fat tissue. But, as I've told you in the past, that's exactly what you should do. But you have to stimulate the right kind of adipose tissue. Fortunately, a group of researchers have discovered a highly effective way to do just that.
Believe it or not, you actually have a variety of different types of fat in your body. The tissue you normally associate with having a few extra pounds is considered white fat. But you also have brown and beige fat. And, in contrast with white fat, brown and beige fat actually benefit our health by promoting energy expenditure through burning white fat. So if you want to lose weight, stimulating your brown and beige fat is a great way to do so.
But how do you actually stimulate that fat? According to this study, the answer is with more fat! The researchers found that in animal models, consuming omega-3 fatty acids activated a receptor that stimulated the release of a particular hormone (FGF21 or 21 fibroblast growth factor). This hormone in turn helps regulate lipid glucose and metabolism. The study is helping researchers understand why omega-3 fatty acids can be beneficial in treating both obesity and type-2 diabetes.
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The research team is hopeful that these findings will be beneficial for developing new treatments for obesity and other related metabolic issues. The discovery that brown fat actually has an endocrine function through its hormone production is something I've discussed in the past.
While specific targeted therapies have yet to be developed, this study is a good reminder of the positive effects omega-3 fatty acids can have on our health. Most of us don't get enough omega-3s in our diets, so I recommend Complete Daily Oils as a supplement. It contains both fish and plant-based oils to stimulate your brown and beige fats. As an added bonus, you'll get CoQ10, mixed tocopherols, and alpha-lipoic acid that will further benefit your health. You've heard of fighting fire with fire — now you can fight fat with fat!
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD