Type “fish oil supplementation” into the world’s largest database (www.pubmed.com), and you’ll find more than 4,158 scientific studies. The results of most of these studies are clear: fish-oil supplementation is a must for nearly everyone. Fish-oil supplements have been shown to have powerful antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-heart disease properties. In addition, they’ve been shown to improve carbohydrate tolerance and fat burning. Finally, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) -the omega-3 fatty acids found only in fish oil- can dramatically boost your metabolism by 400 calories a day! That’s roughly the size of one small meal! 6-10 grams per day is generally enough. Take 1/2-1 Tbsp. daily or two capsules with every meal.
How does fish oil work? Fish oil increases levels of fat-burning enzymes and decreases levels of fat-storage enzymes in your body. Fish oil also helps to shift blood sugar storage, causing more sugar to be burned as energy and less sugar to be stored as fat –essentially “starving the fat, and feeding the muscle”. What happens is that muscles cells become more insulin receptive and fat cells become more insulin resistant. The University of Western Ontario have demonstrated the in just 3 weeks of supplementing with fish oil (no exercise required) men and woman can drop 2 pounds of fat and gain 2 pounds of lean mass. Delarue et al (1996) showed that fish oil supplementation (6g/day added to the diet) dramatically changed the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.
The Metabolism Advantage by Dr. John Berardi