Omega-3s help women lose weight
by Newsletter Editor
Doctors in this study gave 39 obese women a placebo or an omega-3 supplement while the women maintained their normal diets for four weeks. The supplement contained 420 mg EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and 1,620 mg DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) per day. After the first four weeks, the women continued to take the placebo or omega-3 supplement while everyone followed a low-calorie diet for the next four weeks.
While there were no changes in weight or body mass index scores for either group during the first four weeks, EPA and DHA levels doubled for the omega-3 group. After eight weeks, while the placebo group had not improved, women in the omega-3 group had lost an average 7.2 percent body weight and reduced average body mass index scores by 7.4 percent.
Reference: Food & Function; 2013, Vol. 4, No. 4, 650-8