Fish Oil Benefits for Athletes: Omega-3 and Sport

August 27, 2016

In the pursuit of excellence, many athletes take dietary supplements to help improve performance.  These supplements may provide a variety of benefits such as increasing strength, power, speed, or endurance or alternatively, by altering body weight or body composition [1]. Fish oil (containing the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA) may be considered one of these performance-enhancing supplements. In fact, the use of these important fatty acids has increased among various populations to enhance sport, including elite athletes and children alike [2, 3]. 

 

Some of the benefits Include:

Fish oil increases protein synthesis

Fish oil increases muscle strength and physical performance

Fish oil reduces exercise-induced muscle damage and delayed-onset muscle soreness

Fish oil helps to combat negative effects of intensive training on the immune system

Fish oil improves cardio-respiratory functioning

 

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