Metabolic Syndrome is a collection of factors deemed high in risk that have been known to elevate the risk of diabetes and heart attack. Some features of metabolic syndrome include, but are not limited to: insulin resistance, high blood pressure, abdominal fat and higher cholesterol levels. If not treated or addressed, numerous cardiovascular health issues could quickly come into play, causing more severe and life-altering health issues, some with life-altering consequences.
The Effects of Omega 3 on Metabolic Syndrome
In a recent study, around 115 individuals with Metabolic Syndrome were placed on one of four specific diets with a similar calorie count for a period of 12 weeks in order to analyze dietary ways to lower metabolic syndrome factors. The four specific diets consist of:
- A diet high in complex carbs (whole grains, vegetables, fruits) and low in fat.
- A diet high in monounsaturated fats.
- A diet of low in fat and high in complex carbs supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids.
- A diet very high in saturated fats.
During the 12 week diet study, individuals had their blood tested directly before and after a meal at the beginning of the study and again at the end of the study. Each of the participants showed very similar levels of blood cholesterol as well as blood fats called triglycerides right before the study began.
At the end of the 12 week period there were some changes. Those who consumed diets high in monounsaturated fat or low-fat as well as high complex carbs and omega-3 fatty acids had lower triglycerides when compared to those on the other diets.
Those participants whose diets consisted of low fat and high complex carbs actually saw an increase in cholesterol and triglycerides after their meals. When compared, the diet including omega-3 fatty acids had better results. This is indicative of the addition of the omega-3 fatty acid and its responsibility for keeping cholesterol and triglyceride levels low. Ultimately, omega-3 is responsible for improving risk factors tied to cardiovascular health.
Omega-3’s protective effect and reason for success in this study is primarily due to linolenic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. What made the omega-3 effective in this study is the effect of omega-3 supplementation on reducing the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. Additionally, the introduction of omega-3 increased resolving and protection which has multiple anti-inflammatory properties.
Further results of the study of omega-3’s relation to a reduction of metabolic syndrome risk factors shows a decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure level and increased weight loss.
While the above study as well as many others were done in smaller groups from ranging from 100 to 10,000 people, one thing remains true: omega-3 fatty acids are a phenomenal supplement that our body needs in order to maintain proper health and nutrition. If you aren’t already taking a supplement, consider adding one to your diet or research an entire nutritional system such as the kyani triangle of health.
Whether taken supplementally or through various food where omega-3 fatty acids occur naturally, the vitality of our health is dependent, in part, to omega-3 fatty acids.