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Research into whether fish oil can reverse negative effects of a fatty diet

August 26, 2016

fish-oil-supplementsFish oil supplements reveal their potential to protect against metabolic changes. A recent study, published in The Journal of Physiology, shows that fish oil supplementation might have the power to prevent the detrimental metabolic effects of a high-fat diet, such as type 2 diabetes. A high-fat diet comes with a broad selection of negative health consequences. These problems include weight gain, increased cholesterol levels, and insulin resistance. From there, it is a short walk to obesity and type 2 diabetes. As researchers delve into the science behind these changes, a number of specific pathways have been found to be important.   An intricate web of chemical players conspire to generate the metabolic disorders caused by a high-fat diet. Some of the most important molecules and pathways include:

  • Adiponectin – which regulates glucose levels and fatty acid breakdown
  • Adipokines – a cytokine (cellular messenger) produced in adipose tissue
  • Interleukin-6 – a cytokine involved in inflammation
  • Tumor necrosis factor-alpha – a cytokine involved in inflammation
  • De novo lipogenesis – a process that converts excess carbohydrate in

August 24, 2016

ketones compoundA study in Cell Metabolism reports that nutritional ketone – in the form of a drink – enables athletes to function with different metabolism that enhances their performance. Over the course of 30 minutes, athletes that consumed the ketone drink added an extra 400 meters to their distance traveled. Normal metabolism turns the food you eat into the energy it needs by the burning of carbs and fat gained from a balanced diet. Ketosis is a metabolic process that occurs when the body does not have enough glucose for energy and goes into “starvation mode.” The body breaks down internal fat stores for energy to make ketones that feed the brain.   The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research branch of the United States Army sent out a $10 million request for the development of an efficient food that soldiers could take onto a battlefield. The ketone drink was developed for soldiers to generate energy from ketones rather than carbs or fats by biochemist Prof. Kieran Clarke, at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and Dr. Richard Veech, at the National Institutes of Health, MD. The ketone ester drink has previously made it through safety studies, whereby

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