Weight loss will partly depend on your Omega-3s 8 min read

Body weight and body image are something many of us would rather not personally discuss open in public, due to the attached negative stigmas and misconceptions. However, many people do enjoy a passionate argument about the numerous existing dietary regimes, including the countless scientific findings, which are either in favour or disagreement. For this reason we will not discuss any of the popular diets that claim to support losing weight. Our hypothesis is in fact that most well researched diets will support losing weight, given that people eat quality/organic and non-processed foods, have a healthy body balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6, as well as maintain a personally tailored healthy lifestyle routine around physical exercise, sleep, self-care practices and stress management.

The issue of Omega-3 deficiency is often ignored, or not well articulated when it comes to re-balancing our personal body-weight. Few people currently know how it can be effectively measured and monitored, and most GPs, dietitians or nutritionists will not necessarily have this as a priority or standard procedure. From our own research we found that most blood tests only measure cholesterol (HDL & LDL), triglycerides, liver function, fasting glucose, thyroid function, and/or hormone imbalances. Such findings suggest a limited understanding of the critical need to having sufficient Omega-3 Fatty Acids and how Omega-3s affect our metabolism, which may perhaps explain why many people struggle with or have given up on re-balancing their body weight effectively. 

A brief 2 min Summary

How can Omega-3 Fatty Acids from Fish Oil support Weight Loss?? 

Dr. Vincent Bellonzi in a 2 min short video on the importance of Fish Oil – The main source of Omega-3 (EPA & DHA).

How come there is Omega 3 Deficiency?

How come there is Omega 3 Deficiency?

There is a common misconception that Omega-3 Fatty Acids can be readily obtained by simply eating a healthy balanced diet. Whilst this is likely to be true for those people enjoying a diet rich in seafood, organic legumes and extra virgin olive oil, most of the global population have in contrast adopted a variety of different dietary habits that are rich in trans fatty acids and Omega-6 fatty acids.

Omega-3 deficiency emerges for two main reasons, one being that Omega-3s are in direct competition with Omega-6s which significantly outnumber Omega 3s due to our mostly “Western” diets of processed foods, thus affecting metabolic cell processes. The other is that most people do not get enough amounts of Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) which are essential to our body health and predominantly found within seafood. Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) found abundantly in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils can be converted into EPA and DHA, however, this amount is very small and mostly insufficient. The only way to determine if someone has sufficient or deficient levels of EPA and DHA is by doing a balance test which we will discuss a little later.

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH OMEGA-3s?

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Knowing the Risks!

Having a diet rich in Omega-6s, Saturated Fatty Acids and Trans Fatty Acids bare significant health risks. When consumed frequently and in combination, they are likely to exacerbate underlying chronic inflammation which accelerate the development of various diseases. Unfortunately, many preventable diseases are being increasingly diagnosed within younger generations globally today. You can read more about this issue in our other Blog: OMEGA Balancing The Ratio.

Knowing the Risks!

Having a diet rich in Omega-6s, Saturated Fatty Acids and Trans Fatty Acids bare significant health risks. When consumed frequently and in combination, they are likely to exacerbate underlying chronic inflammation which accelerate the development of various diseases. Unfortunately, many preventable diseases are being increasingly diagnosed within younger generations globally today. You can read more about this issue in our other Blog: OMEGA Balancing The Ratio.

Shaping Your Health Today

The decision you make today in terms of your nutrition and diet will have a profound effect on your future. 

Dr. Colin Robertson explores how a balanced healthy diet will affect the health of your body, as he states: 

YOU ARE THE PRODUCT OF THE DECISIONS YOU MADE PREVIOUSLY

One of the key aspects often overlooked by many dietitians, weightless programs, health professionals, wellness advocates and influencers, is that for as long as our cells are compromised (deficient in marine Omega 3s) we are unable to maximise the removal of toxins and excess weight. Equally the absorption of essential nutrients is reduced, and thus results in that our cells cannot work effectively.

Becoming deficient and undernourished over time at our cellular level will eventually result in the development of various chronic diseases, and this is something we are increasingly seeing within public health data. 

Dr. Colin summarizes this issue very well, as he touches on our modern lifestyle, the issues we have created, and how we can take back control over our own health.   

Reducing The Risk

Most people, including medical staff and allied health professionals, are still not intimately aware of the importance sufficient Omega-3 Fatty Acids have for our health and well-being. Few genuinely know about the cost-effective and Do it Yourself Balance Tests that are available and which can determine the level of Omega-3 within our body accurately. 

ZinZino is one of the few brands that have made this Balance Test accessible to the general public. It is one of the most comprehensive tests currently on the market, and measures 11 fatty acids, including saturated, monounsaturated (Omega-9) and polyunsaturated (Omega-6 and Omega-3) fatty acids. CLICK HERE FOR AVAILABLE TESTS, BALANCE KITS and COST.

On your personal test result, you will find dietary indicators showing your Omega-6 to Omega-3 balance, the Omega-3 (EPA+DHA) value, the efficiency of your body´s arachidonic acid (AA) formation, your cell membrane fluidity index among others. The results will tell you whether you have an unbalanced, semi-balanced or balanced diet. 

Early detection and prevention is health beneficial as well as cost and time effective, when compared to treating disease!

An example of ZinZino´s scientific BalanceTest results of Omega 3s, displaying the initial baseline, and a comparison 4 months later. 

Completing the Balance Test for the first time will provide you with an important base-line of how your general body-cell health is tracking. We encourage anyone doing such tests to also consult and discuss these test results with a qualified physician, general practitioner, dietitian or naturopath they trust and see fit, as they can provide additional advice on how to improve personal health.

Omega-3s: Body and Health applications

Omega-3 Fatty Acids play a vital role in regulating our body-cell functions, such as modulate cellular signalling events, membrane protein function and gene expression. They are an essential element within the cell membrane throughout the body, as they affect the functioning of cell receptors and influence the permeability and fluidity, as well as interact between membrane bound lipids and proteins. The interactions of Omega-3s impact countless physiological processes, where they for example provide a starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls and shifting metabolism toward increased fat oxidation and  increased energy expenditure. EPA and DHA in particular control the Ion Channels within the membrane, and have important anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic effects which maintain the permeability, fluidity and overall health of cells.

If you want to learn more about the fatty acid synthesis, metabolism and the complex connecting science, scroll down to the bottom of this page where you will find three additional videos. You can also read more in general about Omega-3 Fatty Acids on our Blog-Post Balancing the Ratio.

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Image Courtesy: Endo, J., & Arita, M. (2016).

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Why I would never accept budget quality supplements:

ZinZino is a global industry leader that has specialised in perfecting Omega-3 supplements. All their products use 100% natural ingredients, and in contrast to most others they are also one of the very few brands that offer a 100% vegan option base on algae. All their Premium Balance Oils contain high levels of polyphenols and Vitamin-D which provide an additional boost to health.

All Balance Tests are analysed by the independent and GMP-certified laboratory VITAS, which is based in Oslo Norway. They are a contract laboratory for chemical analysis with 25 years of experience, providing high-quality chromatographic analysis based on cutting-edge knowledge and technology. Included with the blood test is a Balance Test ID that only you can see. Neither the lab, nor Zinzino knows who submitted the test. At zinzinotest.com your results will be displayed when you enter your Balance Test ID. If you have completed the questionnaire, you will have access to the complete analysis. If you have not completed the questionnaire, you will see your balance score only.

We hope you will enjoy the three brief videos below which will highlight some additional benefits that ZinZino Products have to offer, and hope this short post will support your ongoing health journey. Follow the link to our Balance Test Page if you are keen to learn a little more about ZinZino´s Balance Test, the science and what it measures.

Health Empowerment is being aware and pro-active in all our choices! 

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Concluding Remarks

Re-balancing our personal body weight is a complex issue as many important factors need to be taken into consideration. Whilst most people continue to believe it is simply a matter of following one of the many healthy diet regimes in combination with doing regular exercise, the underlying critical mechanisms of metabolism are often forgotten. Omega-3 Fatty Acids have a critical role to play in the health of our body cells and are vital to our overall metabolism. Having insufficient levels of Omega-3s will make it difficult if, not impossible, to re-balance and potentially lose body weight in a satisfying, healthy and sustainable manner. Determining the level of Omega-3 within our body using the BalanceTest provides valuable and necessary information on how to adjust and optimise our dietary intake.

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Related blog posts for more information on the importance of having enough DPA, DHA and EPA.

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This information is intended to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider, and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health or financial circumstances. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider because of something you have read on KP-Unity.com. 

SCIENCE ALERT!

We have included three excellent scientific videos provided by Ninja Nerds on YouTube for those of you wishing to explore the underlying chemical aspects of metabolism. 

Supporting References & Science

KP-Unity aims to educate and provide an alternative point of view. All the information in this article was sourced from the databases PubMed, ResearchGate, ScienceDirect, HealthLine, Health.Harvard.edu and ZinZino.Blog. Additional supporting articles are listed below.

Endo, J., & Arita, M. (2016). Cardioprotective mechanism of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Journal of cardiology67(1), 22-27. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jjcc.2015.08.002

Howe, P., & Buckley, J. (2014). Metabolic health benefits of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Military medicine179(suppl_11), 138-143. Retrieved from https://academic.oup.com/milmed/article/179/suppl_11/138/4210219?login=true

Surette M. E. (2008). The science behind dietary omega-3 fatty acids. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l’Association medicale canadienne178(2), 177–180. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.071356

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