Fat cells are resilient little buggers. Once you make them, the only way to get rid of them is to have a doctor suck them out with a hose. Since I’m not endorsing ab etching, let’s look at some other options. Prevention is rarely a popular option but it is effective. There is some very interesting fat cell research regarding two highly regarded supplements that will help prevent your fat cell from reaching immortal status.
The two supplements that I’m referring to are DHA and resveratrol.
DHA is one of the two long chain omega-3 fats found in fish oil. DHA has previously been implicated in enhancing fat loss, preventing decreases in brain function, and fighting inflammation. Resveratrol is an antioxidant, most famous for being found in the skins of red grapes and having anti-aging properties.
These two compounds have also been shown to kill fat cells before they turn into fully mature immortal cells. The studies that have shown this were done in cell culture this means that they took cells in a dish, added DHA or resveratrol, and monitored what happened. Scientists use these kinds of studies to see what compounds are capable of and how they go about working their magic. They then run tests with actual humans to see if these effects translate (that research has not been done yet with DHA, resveratrol, and fat cells).
So what does this new info tell us?
1. You should have been taking fish oil prior to knowing about these studies and this should further your resolve to take it everyday.
2. You can add resveratrol to your supplement list if you are looking for an additional health boost. I think that the beneficial effects of resveratrol are going to be seen at much higher dosages then what you could get from drinking a couple glasses of wine. This fat cell study adds to the pile of very interested research regarding the health benefits of resveratrol but I still categorize it as an experimental supplement until we can learn more about its direct impact on health from clinical trial studies (the gold standard of cause and effect research).
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