While their overall beneficial effects on human health have been well documented, omega-3 fatty acids’ role in obesity treatment and management are only now being properly explored.
Obesity is frequently accompanied by liver problems and scientists now believe that the compounds play a significant role in protecting this vital organ from damage.
Consequently, doctors and dieticians are even more likely to recommend switching to omega-3-rich foods such as fish, flaxseed oil or meat and dairy products from grass-fed animals to people with a particular risk of dangerous liver complications and those who struggle to lose weight.
"Doctors are always looking for simple and easy ways to counter the harmful effects of obesity," says Dr. Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, adding that "the great thing about this study is that the information can be used at dinner tonight."
The journal published the study results in its online issue on February 23.
According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. and is responsible for devastating and costly health problems including cancer, heart and liver diseases as well as muscoskeletal complications.