Weight Gain and Inflammation

Written by OmegaXL on May 15, 2014

Researchers are beginning to understand more about the link between inflammation and weight gain. Inflammation in the body caused by allergies, arthritis, or other conditions stimulates the adrenal glands to produce hormones that cause insulin levels to climb. The higher levels of insulin in the bloodstream signal the body to store fat. This isn’t good news for anyone who suffers from inflammatory conditions and is trying to lose weight.

Guess what? The news gets even worse. Excess body fat also contributes to inflammation.

Did you know that as you gain weight, your body is not producing more fat cells? Instead, the body packs more and more fat into existing cells. After a while, the cell walls can become stressed and may leak. Immune cells called macrophages come in to clean up the mess, and as they do their job they release inflammatory chemicals into the fatty tissue. The body reacts to the inflammation by producing anti-inflammatory chemicals, which are made from the fats we consume. Some of these chemicals decrease the effectiveness of the hormone leptin – which is responsible for boosting metabolism and decreasing appetite. If you are trying to lose weight, you definitely want leptin to be as effective as possible in your system.

You can create a new cycle of fighting inflammation and burning fat by increasing your omega-3 intake.

Most people need much more of the omega-3 fatty acids it takes to fight inflammation than they can easily consume in their diets. Supplementation with OmegaXL will help you get the high-quality omega 3 fatty acids – including EPA and DHA – your body needs.