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Combination Of Fish Oil And Exercise Maximizes Fat Loss And Improves Health

Fish oil
has beneficial effects on a number of health indicators, but few studies have specifically examined the effects of omega 3 fats on fat loss and the interaction with exercise. Australian researchers tested the individual and additive effects of fish oil and exercise training on fat loss and risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. Overweight subjects were randomized into a fish oil group, exercise training group, or a combination exercise-fish oil for 12 weeks. Fish oil alone improved some lipid parameters and functioning of blood vessels. However the combination group also reduced body fat by 5% and increased fat oxidation, whereas the single treatment groups did not alter body fat. The results indicate that fish oil and exercise have a synergistic effect on body fat. Using a combination therapy had better effects than a single intervention.

Hill AM, Buckley JD, Murphy KJ, Saint DA, Morris AM, Howe PR. Combined effects of omega-3 supplementation and regular exercise on body composition and cardiovascular risk factors. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2005;14 Suppl:S57.M