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Salmon Oil for Weight Loss

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author image Darla Ferrara
Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.
Salmon Oil for Weight Loss
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Salmon oil is one way to increase the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids work to lower the risk of developing cardiac problems. Salmon oil is a heart healthy addition to any diet. To lose weight, you must reduce body fat. Fish oils, such as salmon, can help to lower triglycerides in the blood and, therefore, reduce the amount of stored fat on your body.

Triglycerides

The American Heart Association defines triglycerides as the chemical form of fat. When you eat, your body burns the energy it needs at the time. The remaining calories become triglycerides. These triglycerides move through the blood and attach to fat cells for storage. If you eat more calories in a day than you burn, the triglycerides build up. Elevated triglyceride levels increase your risk of heart disease and stored body fat. Excess body fat leads to obesity.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Salmon oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. MayoClinic.com reports that fish oil, like salmon, contains docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, and eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA. Salmon oil will reduce the amount of triglycerides in the blood and increase the levels of high-density lipoproteins, or HDL, which are known as “good” cholesterol. HDL works to transport fatty substances out of the body. There is also evidence, according to MedlinePlus, that increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids will decrease blood sugar levels and body fat, if used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle.

Weight Loss

Weight loss occurs when you burn more calories than you eat. It will not come just from increasing salmon oil in your diet. In order to lose 1 lb. of stored body fat, you must burn an additional 3,500 calories. Weight loss is a math game that measures how many calories you eat versus how many your body burns. For example, if you eat 1,500 calories daily and burn 2,000, you eliminate 500 calories. Over one week, you will lose a pound of body fat. This will happen whether you ingest salmon oil or not.

Benefits

The benefits of salmon oil go far beyond weight loss. Increasing your omega-3 fatty acids with salmon oil will help fight many illnesses. MayoClinic.com states that studies show increased fish oil will help reduce blood pressure, triglycerides, risk of heart attack and angina and will improve stiffness for those with rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, as little as 0.3 to 0.5 g of salmon oil will help prevent some forms of cancer and inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease. Salmon oil is also considered a brain food that may improve cognitive function and reduce risk of dementia.

Considerations

As with most things, too much is not good. There are indicators that too much fish oil, such as salmon, has risks. According to MayoClinic.com, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that up to 3 g of omega-3 fatty acid from fish oil is safe. You should discuss your intake of salmon oil with your doctor. Elevated omega-3 fatty acids may increase the risk of bleeding and stroke. Fish oil decreases platelet counts in the blood. Platelets help blood to clot. Other considerations include contaminants in fish that can be toxic. Methlymercury can accumulate in fish meat; however, there does not seem to be problems with oils. Eating salmon twice a week may expose you to more contaminants than taking a salmon oil supplement.

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