Control your hunger pangs with omega-3

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The appetite suppressing chemical PUFA in omega-3 fatty acids has the ability to curb hunger. (Source: File Photo)

Our body gets used to an energy level through our diet and hunger attacks try to bring the energy intake back to the original level. However, omega-3 fatty acids contain foods like fish and flax seeds, walnuts, and chia seeds, which have the ability to control hunger pangs.

Sonia Narang, Wellness Expert, Oriflame India, and Celebrity Nutritionist and Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal, list how Omega 3 can control hunger pangs.

* Omega-3 fatty acids are made up of three fats: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). While EPA and DHA are found in fish oils, ALA is found in some vegetable oils, flax seeds, and walnuts. All of these play an important role in the cognitive function, normal growth and development of a human body.

* The appetite suppressing chemical PUFA in omega-3 fatty acids has the ability to curb hunger. It also helps increase leptin levels, which is important for weight maintenance. These fatty acids suppress food intake and thus induce weight loss.

* Including omega-3 fatty acids in your daily diet also increases serotonin levels. Serotonin is a powerful brain chemical that lowers your cravings for food and makes your stomach full without overeating. Hence, eating a handful of walnuts can be the key to losing weight as it can keep you feeling fuller for longer.

* Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids can also improve insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes. It also helps burn stored fat for energy, thus helping you shed those extra pounds.

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