has beneficial effects on a number of health indicators, but few studies have specifically examined the effects of
omega 3 fats
and the interaction with exercise. Australian researchers tested the individual and additive effects of fish oil and exercise training on fat loss and risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. Overweight subjects were randomized into a fish oil group, exercise training group, or a combination exercise-fish oil for 12 weeks.
alone improved some lipid parameters and functioning of blood vessels. However the combination group also
reduced body fat
by 5% and increased fat oxidation, whereas the single treatment groups did not alter body fat. The results indicate that fish oil and exercise have a synergistic effect on body fat. Using a combination therapy had better effects than a single intervention.
Hill AM, Buckley JD, Murphy KJ, Saint DA, Morris AM, Howe PR. Combined effects of omega-3 supplementation and regular exercise on body composition and cardiovascular risk factors. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2005;14 Suppl:S57.M