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Jan 23rd 2024

Fats in Fish Oil Stimulate the Thyroid to Burn Fat

. . . and most Americans are extremely deficient in these fats

There’s a lot more to optimal thyroid function than having enough thyroid hormone, and a recent study demonstrates this point. Rats supplemented with fish oil over about 3 months were compared with rats fed the same number of calories without fish oil. The fish oil-fed rats were leaner. They also had lower triglycerides and cholesterol. Although thyroid hormone levels were similar in the two groups, the activity of an enzyme involved in thermogenesis stimulated by thyroid hormone was higher in the fish oil group. Thus, fish oil optimizes the way thyroid hormone burns fat.

In commenting on this study, Byron Richards, CCN, said it confirmed his clinical experience that fish oil, especially the DHA in fish oil, improves metabolism. He noted, however, that many times individuals need to get quite a lot before weight loss kicks in – sometimes as much as 2,000–3,000 milligrams of DHA a day. This is probably because most people eating a standard American diet are extremely deficient in the omega-3 fatty acids like DHA and may need to take large quantities for a period of time to rebalance fatty acid ratios in the body.

We recommend our Fish Oil Formula to supply the EPA and DHA fatty acids found in fish oil.

However, the thyroid needs to be supported by a complete array of nutrients (such as one of our basic supplement kits) and liberated from a host of environmental toxins to function at optimal levels.

Souza LL.  Effects of dietary fish oil on thyroid hormone signaling in the liver. Journal of Nutrition & Biochemisry. October 2010; 21(10):935-940.
Richards B. Fish oil activates thyroid signaling in your liver to burn fat. Wellness Resources. January 19, 2012.




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