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How Omega-3s Can Benefit Athletes

How Omega-3s Can Benefit Athletes

Posted by Medical Research Institute on 28th Apr 2022

Fish oil is high in the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. These fatty acids may have several benefits for bodybuilders, such as  reduced muscle soreness and less severe DOMS. They may also aid muscle strength and range of motion, though more studies are needed.

During or after heavy workouts, the anti-inflammatory properties of these omega-3 fatty acids may protect against the decline in strength, flexibility, and range of motion.

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to increase protein synthesis, which is the process your body goes through when it turns the protein you eat into the fuel your muscles need to grow and stay strong.

There is one big obstacle bodybuilders and athletes are facing. Preventing injuries and keeping great overall health for the best performance. Besides the vast number of benefits, omega-3 fish oil has proven to reduce the stiffness in your joints, improve your blood flow and enhance your recovery.

Fish oils (FOs) are rich in omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, which have been purported to  enhance recovery of muscular performance and reduce soreness post-exercise .

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How Omega 3 Can Benefits Athletes

Endurance athletes may notice an  improvement in muscle flexibility  with EPA supplementation. In younger adult athletes, omega-3 supplementation can contribute to lower peak heart rate, reduce resting heart rate variability, and oxygen consumption required during exercise.

Researchers have also explored the role of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation for strength training. Omega-3 supplementation improves nerve conduction, thereby influencing muscle activation

During a maximal back squat assessment, male athletes who supplemented with PUFAs experienced improved muscle activation and lower fatigue. Men taking EPA supplements noticed better recovery than the placebo group after performing a plyometric squat jump test.

Heart Health

Omega-3 reduces triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood. Fatty acids reduce the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat. O3FA slows the buildup of plaque, a substance comprised of fat, cholesterol, and calcium, which hardens and blocks your arteries.

Brain Health

Omega-3 supports proper blood flow and preserves cell membrane health. Higher blood flow in certain parts of the brain is associated with better performance, which is especially important for athletes. The capability of brain function increases, also aiding in growth of brain tissue.

Eye Health

Omega-3 can lead to improved vision and reduces risk of developing Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma. Fatty acids can also help prevent and treat dry eye syndrome and reduce the risk of high eye pressure.

Joint Health

Exercise can lead to muscle fatigue and combating inflammation can become a chronic stressor. Omega-3 also increases blood flow throughout the body during exercise, which can help reduce joint pain and swelling.