Oxford University has presented rather interesting evidence about the connection between the lower body fat, intelligence and health.
They say that the amount of fat stored in the human body can be a very important indicator of one`s health condition, but where that fat is stored is much more important than how much body fat you have.
So, according to this new research, women with so called “pearl type” body are generally healthier and smarter as well.
“The idea that body fat distribution is important to health has been known for some time” – Konstantinos Manolopoulos, one of Oxford`s distinguished academics.
What separates this research from the rest is the conclusion of how lower body fat proved to be very useful in improving one`s overall health condition.
Lower body fat reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases by keeping the fatty acids away from the heart, the liver and the main arteries.
Two hormones – leptin and dinopectina are directly responsible for the well being of women with a healthy lower body fat.
Leptin controls the overall body weight and the appetite which makes it easier for the brain to receive signals of fullness, thus avoiding overeating. Also, this hormone lowers the chance of one becoming obese.
The hormone Dinopectina prevents diabetes and acts as a vascular-protective and anti-inflammatory agent.
On the top of it all, women with higher levels of lower body fat also have higher levels of Omega-3 acids, which are closely connected to a healthy brain. I`m sure many of you know that Omega-3 acids help fight depression, they enhance behavioral function and improve cognitive abilities. That`s why these women are in good mental condition.
The US National Institute of Health highly recommends for people to take Omega-3 fatty acids as part of their daily intake, because they are inessential for a healthy fetal brain and retina. The most natural forms of Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in seafood and algae.
Another very similar study conducted by the US National Library of Medicine showed that women with lower body fat give birth to children with higher IQ, because during the pregnancy their brain development is stimulated by higher amounts of Omega-3 acids.
On the other side, upper body fat has a negative effect on the polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are very important for brain-growth development. When it comes to cognitive capacity the waist-hip ratio has become an imperative measure.
“If you`re going to have fat, you`re definitely better off if you`ve got some fat in the lower body” – Dr. Michael Jensen, the director of the research center in Rochester`s Mayo Clinic.