A rather interesting evidence about the connection between low body fat, intelligence, and health has been recently presented by the Oxford University.
According to their study, the amount of fat stored in the human’s body can be a very important indicator of one’s health condition. However, where that fat is stored is even more important than how much body fat you have. So, according to the research, women with the so-called “pearl type” body are generally healthier and smarter.
Konstantinos Manolopoulos, one of Oxford’s distinguished academics says that the idea that body fat distribution is important to health has been known for quite some time.
Yet, what separates this research from the rest is that lower body fat proved to be very useful in improving one’s overall health. It reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases by keeping the fatty acids further away from the hearth, the liver, and all the main arteries.
The hormones directly responsible for the well being of women with a healthy body fat are Leptin and Dinopectina.
The hormone Leptin controls the overall body weight, and it makes it easier for the brain to receive the signals of fullness when eating. It also lowers the chance of one becoming obese, simply by avoiding overeating.
The hormone Dinopectina acts as a vascular-protective and anti-inflammatory agent and it prevents diabetes.
Women with lower levels of body fat also have higher levels of Omega-3 acids, which is connected to a healthy brain. The Omega-3 acids enhance the behavioral function, they improve the cognitive abilities and they help fight depression.
It is highly recommended for people of all ages to take Omega-3 acids as part of their daily intake as they are an essential part of keeping your fetal brain and retina healthy. Omega-3 fatty can mostly be found in seafood and algae.
The US National Library of Medicine conducted a similar study which revealed that with lower body fat give birth to children with higher IQ. Apparently, it is the case because their brain development is stimulated by the higher amounts of Omega-3 acids during pregnancy.
Higher body fat, on the other side, has a negative effect on the polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are an essential part for the brain-growth development. The waist-hip ratio has become an imperative measure when it comes to cognitive capacity.
“If you’re going to have fat, you’re definitely better off if you’ve got some fat in the lower body” – says Dr. Michael Jensen, the director of the research center in Rochester’s Mayo Clinic.