Yep – in addition to the many well-known benefits of fish oil, it can also help you achieve your fitness goals. Research has shown that the two main omega-3 fatty acids from from fish; EPA and DHA, supports metabolism, a healthy inflammatory response, and even aid weight loss!
Why You Need Fish Oil
There are two main families of essential fats: Omega-3s and omega-6s. Healthy cell function is dependent on a balanced intake of these fats. The problem is that modern changes to food production have disrupted this delicate balance in the average Aussie diet – the omega-3 content has decreased while the omega-6 content has simultaneously increased. The result is that it is very difficult to get adequate amounts of omega-3s through diet alone. A high quality, purified fish oil is the best source of omega-3.
Promotes respiratory and circulatory function
Exercise increases the demand on the circulatory system to provide oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, lungs, and brain, and to remove metabolic waste like lactic acid. Fish oil has been shown to support lung function, and to promote blood flow and oxygen delivery to activate muscle by enhancing blood vessel function.
Enhances cardiovascular and metabolic performance
Decades of scientific research has shown that fish oil promotes cardiovascular health and function—including supporting circulation and blood vessel health, and helping maintain healthy lipid levels. Fish oil has also been shown to support optimal body composition and fat metabolism.
Supports the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response
Exercise often stresses the body. Omega-3s from fish oil support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response. This can enhance endurance, protect against free radical damage, and promote joint flexibility, mobility, and comfort.
RESEARCH SNIPPET: Nordic Naturals Fish Oil Improves Cholesterol Levels in Professional Football Players.
In a published study, Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega™ was given to professional football players and was shown to be effective for improving cholesterol levels. Findings showed a decrease in triglyceride levels and LDL cholesterol with a healthy increase in HDL cholesterol in athletes using a moderately high dose of omega-3 fish oils.