I’m Gabe Garza with today’s health news. Fish
oil isn’t just good for your heart. New evidence suggests it may be good for your waistline,
too. A new study from Japan found that fish oil transformed fat-storage cells into fat-burning
cells — potentially preventing fat accumulation and weight gain in middle age. The authors
explained that fish oil activates receptors in the digestive tract and nervous system,
which encourage fat-storage cells to metabolize fat. So far, this research has only been conducted
in mice. These researchers fed mice either fatty food or fatty food with added fish oil.
The mice in the fish oil group gained between 5 and 10 percent less weight and accumulated
between 15 and 25 percent less fat than the mice in the other group. We’ll have to wait
and see if research moves into human trials.