LOOKING TO IMPROVE WORKOUT PRODUCTIVITY? OMEGA-3 FISH OILS MIGHT BE THE SOLUTION. OMEGA-3 FISH OILS HAVE LONG BEEN CELEBRATED FOR THE SHEER VARIETY OF THEIR NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS. NOW SCIENTISTS MAY HAVE FOUND ANOTHER BENEFIT.
In a recent double-blinded and placebo-controlled study, twenty fit college aged male volunteers were instructed to take either 3.6 g of fish oil or a placebo split into 3 daily doses, for 56 days. Prior to and after 8 weeks supplementation, subjects completed a series of VO2max (maximum aerobic fitness) tests and submaximal exercise tests.
As predicted, the researchers found that fish oil supplementation increased red blood cell EPA and DHA content and decreased oxygen consumption during steady-state submaximal exercise. They also reported that subjects who took fish oil had reduced measures of perceived exertion—meaning that the exercise “felt” easier when they took fish oil. Overall, the authors concluded that fish oil supplementation improves exercise efficiency, which may also promote greater exercise endurance capacity.
To get all the health and performance benefits of fish oil supplementation, take 1-2 g of fish oil 3 to 4 times daily with meals.
Scientific Reference: Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2014 Dec;78(12):2081-8.