Inflammation, Recovery & Omega-3s

Inflammation, Recovery & Omega-3s Injury and infection can bring about inflammation, but so can a really demanding workout. An article published in the NSCA's Performance Training Journal suggests a natural way to counteract inflammation as a response to exercise that can help promote muscle recovery. Polyunsaturated fatty acids from cold water fish and certain vegetables play a role in numerous body functions as they battle infection and inflammation. Here are some good natural sources for omega-3 fatty acids:

Tuna Steak Gram
Salmon Steak 1 Gram
Tbsp. Flaxseed 1 Gram
Anchovies 1 Grams
Herring Filet 1 Grams
Mackerel 2 Grams
Tbsp. Walnuts 2 Grams
Sardines 3+ Grams

True Strength Moment: If you're going to supplement your diet with fish oil and/or flaxseed, consider stacking those softgels with a high-potency multivitamin. The article explains that, compared to placebo, athletes who supplemented with 400 mg of omega-3 fatty acids plus vitamins and minerals daily for 2 weeks showed a reduction in post-workout oxidative stress after intense cycling roadwork.
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