Fish Oil Improves Muscle Function

Fish Oil Improves Muscle Function Fats get a bad rap most of the time, especially during those last few months of Spring which is beach body crunch time. But not all fat is bad. Your body actually needs essential fatty acids for a wide range of metabolic functions, and a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has potentially uncovered an interesting side benefit.

Researchers recruited 45 women in their 60s and assigned them to a strength training program. Some of these volunteers consumed 2 grams of fish oil per day for 90 days or 150 days before the training program started. The rest didn't supplement with fish oil at all. While all subjects realized benefits from strength training, those who supplemented achieved the greatest increases in muscle strength and functional capacity.

True Strength Moment: Researchers theorized that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil might have a role in the cellular function of muscles. Whether fish oil supplementation can have the same impact on younger adults isn't known, but if you aren't getting enough cold water fish in your diet, you might want to see what supplemental fish oil can do for your weight training program.
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