Omega-3’s Antioxidant Potential

Lots of things contribute to oxidative stress. Some are bad for you like smoking and exposure to pollution. But high-intensity exercise also contributes to oxidative stress. To give their body an antioxidant boost, some people consume fruit or a high-potency multivitamin. A study published in the journal Free Radical Research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids can also offer antioxidant support.

Study subjects supplemented with 4 grams of either EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) or olive oil, which served as the control group. After 6 weeks, subjects who got the omega-3 EPA and DHA realized 20% reductions of F2-isoprostanes, a marker of oxidant stress. Scientists theorized that the antioxidant effect was at least partially attributable to the anti-inflammatory properties of these essential fatty acids.

True Strength Moment: If you needed another reason to work some seafood into your diet – a great natural whole foods source of omega-3 fatty acids – we're happy to help. This study also enhances the appeal of fish oil supplements, which are popular for an ever-expanding variety of reasons.
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