there are obvious applications of fish oil supplementation for strength athletes. Recent studies have indicated that omega 3s enhance insulin sensitivity, regulate muscle growth, augment blood flow to muscles during exercise, and decrease muscle soreness and swelling after damaging exercise. Given all these potential benefits of fish oil on muscle it seems reasonable that improving omega 3 status would have a positive effect on strength gains. That was the goal of Brazilian researchers who had older women perform 90 days of strength training with or without fish oil (2 grams per day). As expected the fish oil group had a significant increase in blood levels of EPA (+45%) and DHA (+20%). The fish oil group also showed significantly greater improvements in a spectrum of strength and power tests including peak torque, muscle activation, and functional capacity. The mechanism of how fish oil improved strength performance was speculated to be related to improved membrane fluidity and potential effects on nerve conduction velocity and activation of muscles. These results provide evidence that supplementing with fish oil during resistance training can have a positive effect on neuromuscular adaptations.
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