Should You Take Fish Oil Supplements?

24 Aug

3610294f-cdf7-42aa-b1da-7c919112638f[1]Fish oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, specifically eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Omega-3 fatty acids, fish, and fish oil have been shown to prevent heart disease.  Fish oil may also be particularly beneficial for athletes, as supplementation has been shown to promote healing at sites of injury; reduce muscle soreness from eccentric exercise; reduce heart rate and oxygen consumption during cycling; improve pulmonary function during wrestling; and reduce the severity of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in elite triathletes and runners.

Several studies indicate that athletes who are pushing themselves to their bodies’ limits may be able to increase their potential by consuming a healthy diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Here’s an informative resource from Amber Kleckner, PhD titled, Fish Oil: Frequently Asked Questions.

Dr. Kleckner addresses several issues, including:

  • Fish Oil Benefits
  • Fish Oil Supplement Safety
  • Fish Oil Shelf-Life
  • “Real Food” Fish vs. Fish Oil Supplements
  • Timing of Fish Oil Consumption
  • Quantity of Fish Oil Consumption

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