This Omega-3, you must have read about it in quite a lot of places and I am sure it mustn’t have failed to impress you with its various health benefits, almost every time you might have read about it…This oil Perilla is so full of it.
Perilla, also known as purple mint, Japanese basil or wild coleus is a type of herb found in –
- Asian countries
The oil, derived from the seed of the perilla, is the edible part of the plant. It contains a healthy kind of fat and can help you lose weight.
Perilla oil is a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, a type of omega-3 fat. As an omega-3 fatty acid, ALA is also polyunsaturated in nature, meaning that it contains multiple double bonds in its chemical structure. This distinguishes it from monounsaturated and saturated fats. The distinction is important: unsaturated fats are healthier for humans. Omega-3 in particular is essential. It is used by the body for proper brain and immune function. Approximately 50 to 60 percent of perilla oil is made up of ALA.
Because omega-3 is particularly essential to proper nutrition, it is also a part of overall human health. The Mayo Clinic recommends that total fat intake should represent between 20 and 35 percent of total calories, most of which needs to be derived from unsaturated fat.
Fat is an energy dense nutrient, containing 9 calories per gram, which is more than twice the amount found in carbohydrates and proteins, so its consumption should be limited. As long as your fat intake stays within the proper threshold, then omega-3 should be a boon to weight loss. But if fat consumption causes your caloric intake to exceed the number of calories that you burn, then it is a hindrance to weight loss and may even cause fat gain.
Another study published in “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” found that omega-3 stimulates muscle protein synthesis in older adults and may be useful in preventing muscle degradation that comes with age. Muscles naturally burn calories during physical activity and assist with weight loss. They are generally correlated with lower body fat percentage. Perilla oil could therefore indirectly cause weight loss by encouraging the growth of muscles.
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