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Brown Fat

You may not have known this, but the human body actually has two different kinds of fat; brown and yellow. The yellow fat is the one responsible for beer bellies and flabby arms. The lesser known brown fat actually has a positive role in metabolism, and may actually keep you leaner.

While humans are born with brown fat, for the longest time it was thought that as we aged it disappeared. Recent research has shown that some brown fat is retained by adults, and may play a positive role in the metabolism. Brown fat actually has a very high metabolic rate, and within it is a protein that converts calories directly to heat. This aspect of brown fat is what keeps mammals warm and lean at the same time.

In order to keep brown fat active in humans, the primary goal is to keep the metabolism functioning at its optimal levels through adequate thyroid hormone known as T3. There are several ways in which you can optimize brown fat levels for an optimal metabolism.

Eating more non-starch vegetables (like broccoli and green beans to name a couple), as well as increasing magnesium intake help to increase the production of a hormone called adiponectin, which is a fat-burning hormone.

Supplementing with DHA and EPA, which are Omega-3 fatty acids, helps to increase the activity of brown fat for optimal metabolic function.

Another way to increase brown fat activity is to supplement with an herb called Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) which comes from tropical regions across the globe. In rats, bitter melon helps to increase the activity of the uncoupling protein in brown fat which improves fat oxidation for added fat burning potential.

While body fat may have a bad name, much like the Omega-3s not all fats are bad. By activating the brown fat within the human body, you can turn your body into a calorie-burning furnace for leaner and healthier you.