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Oil That Helps Fight Belly Fat

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Charlene Ryan began freelance writing in 2011. She is a certified fitness trainer and natural health consultant who works at her local YMCA. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Science in holistic nutrition from the Clayton College of Natural Health.
Oil That Helps Fight Belly Fat
Omega-3s from flax, cold water fish, walnuts, soybeans, wheat germ, sprouts, sea vegetables and leafy greens also stimulate your metabolism and help your body burn fat. Photo Credit: Elena_Danileiko/iStock/Getty Images

Oil supplementation as a way of fighting fat may seem absurd, but it is in the essential fatty acids that lie their awesome potential. Evening primrose oil contains a high amount of the active ingredient gamma linolenic acid, or GLA. GLA is also found generously in borage seed oil and black currant seed oil, which contains GLA (omega-6s) as well as omega-3s, offering a unique combination, according to Dr. Elson M. Haas. With the help of essential fatty acids, which our bodies cannot fully produce, you will see an overall improvement in health, including weight loss.

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Omega-6 fatty acids are found in safflower, sunflower and corn oils in the form of linoleic acid, or LA, but the omega-6s in evening primrose, borage and black current seed are in the form of gamma linolenic acid, or GLA, which the body does not have to convert from LA into GLA and therefore will benefit directly without interference from bodily stresses. GLA helps your body hold on to protein, slows the absorption of carbohydrates to balance blood sugar levels and carries fat soluble vitamins through the bloodstream. Good fats are satisfying, prevent overeating and help bring an end to fat cravings as well.

How It Works

According to a top nutritionist, Ann Louise Gittleman, GLA stimulates your thyroid, raising your metabolism and activating your brown adipose tissue to burn fat rather than store it in your white adipose tissue. While regulating fat metabolism, It also regulates water retention and sodium balance. The GLA in evening primrose oil has an especially positive effect on hormones because it works via a network of hormones that control virtually all body functions at the cellular level. This is an important part of weight control.

Hormone Control

Stress, lack of sleep and poor eating habits trigger cortisol production, causing the body to store more fat than needed, usually in the abdominal area, says Ann Louise Gittleman. It can be a vicious cycle if not brought under control. If you believe you are prone to belly fat, evaluate your lifestyle and consider healthy habit changes in addition to GLA supplementation. Women, in particular, feel benefits of using GLA oils because they help ease premenstrual and menopause symptoms.

Important Information

Although essential oils are accessible to all, when starting any new treatment or supplement program, consult your doctor first.

Borage oil has been shown to increase blood-thinning qualities of medications such as aspirin. Evening primrose oil should not be taken with antidepressants because it can augment the risk of seizures.

Essential oils such as the omega-3s from flax, cold water fish, walnuts, soybeans, wheat germ, sprouts, sea vegetables and leafy greens also stimulate your metabolism and help your body burn fat.

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