Fish Oil Supplementation is a Must…But Why?
Fish oil is a significant source of the Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. These fatty acids have numerous, documented health benefits which are not limited to but include:
- Improved Cholesterol Balance
- Reduced Inflammation
- Increased Blood Flow
- Reduced Rates of Heart Disease
- Better Immune System Function
- Improved Brain Function
- Improvement in Psychiatric Disorders
- Prevention of Cancers (Particularly Breast, Colon, and Prostate)
What Does This Mean For Me??
Improved blood flow and reduced inflammation are of particular interest to athletes. This enables an athlete to train harder and recover faster. Even for the non-athlete, the benefits of fish oil are profound. In addition to the benefits listed above, studies have shown that fish oil can cause weight loss and improved body composition even when supplementing a very poor diet.
I advise everyone to eat a diet rich in lean meat, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, with as little starch and refined sugar as possible. However, if you simply refuse to change your diet then at the very least I recommend that you supplement with fish oil. It’s super easy and will go a long way towards working to counteract those McDonald’s extra value meals.
OK, But How Much Do I Take???
Checkout the following video courtesy of CrossFit HQ which features Dr. Barry Sears discussing the benefits of fish oil supplementaion.