Long chain monounsaturated fatty acids from fish may benefit metabolic syndrome and help stop prediabetes.
I have posted often on the benefits of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA and DHA (PUFAs) that are primarily obtained from fish oil. Long-chain monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) may also play a positive role in health. A study suggests that long-chain MUFAs from fish sources may improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk factors associated with prediabetes metabolic syndrome.
The study, that used a mouse model, was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The results suggest that blood glucose, insulin, and lipid concentrations are enhanced, and insulin sensitivity is improved in mice fed a diet rich in marine fish derived long-chain monounsaturated fatty acids.
The fish-oil-derived MUFAs in this study decreased the elements of pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome that the smart readers of the Nutrientology family know all too well. They:
- decreased insulin resistance
- improved hyperglycemia
- reduced insulin levels
- decreased blood fat and cholesterol levels
- decreased obesity-induced inflammation
Previous research has suggested that diets rich in short chain monounsaturated fatty acids are effective in improving insulin sensitivity, leading to improvements in one’s lipid profile, whole body inflammation, and endothelial dysfunction. This study provides potential benefits of long chain MUFAs as well.
The authors concluded that increased dietary intake of long-chain monounsaturated fatty acids may positively correlate with improved fat tissue metabolism and decreased fat tissue inflammation, “thereby attenuating metabolic syndrome risk factors.”
Stop prediabetes by getting both long-chain polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids in your diet by regularly eating fish – Overcome the components of metabolic syndrome.