If you’re reading these words, you likely spend much of your precious time training.
Personally, I quite enjoy both reading about training and listening to experts speak about it. I love it, and much of my time is consumed by it.
And if you’re like me, you put your body through what many consider carefully crafted torture in order to look, perform and function at the highest possible level. We understand that this voluntary hardship benefits our minds, bodies and spirits.
It takes meticulous actions driven by a scrupulous mind to achieve anything great. In our arena, this may manifest as counting one’s macros, logging workouts into a spreadsheet, or wearing the same pair of shorts to squat in. Maybe the last point is just me… but I digress. We take pride in specificity and revel in detail.
However, a mind pointed sharply at very specific exercise goals is likely to miss the forest for the trees regarding general health and well-being. We track macros when we should just as importantly be tracking sleep. We push weights when pushing adequate water intake is also quite important
You get the idea.
Sometimes, athletes must broaden the scope of intention to meet both the forest and the trees. Here, you’ll find the general health benefits many of us may find in supplementing with Omega-3’s.
What Are Omega-3s?
Commonly referred to as “fish oil,” Omega-3 fatty acids are fats found in fish and other animal products1. The principle compounds to be aware of are long-chain, polyunsaturated substances referred to as EPA and DHA1.
Much like Creatine, Omega-3’s can be produced within the body but not to any great degree. Thus, many of us may stand to benefit from its supplementation to maximize benefits.
So, exactly what are the benefits? Here are 3 reasons you should consider supplementing with Omega-3’s.
Improved Cardiovascular Health
I don’t need to quote a statistic to exemplify how important cardiovascular health is to the body and its longevity. It’s vital.
In a conversation about cardiovascular health, we frequently refer to what’s called a blood-lipid profile, which is a quantification of how much fat we have in the bloodstream. What’s important to know is that high triglyceride and LDL levels, combined with low HDL levels are not good for our health.
In a review by Wei et al2., researchers concluded that supplementation of DHA and EPA significantly reduced triglyceride levels while DHA raised HDL levels. Both findings show promise for the role of Omega-3’s as a beneficial supplement for cardiovascular health.
Better Recovery from Exercise
Your next workout will only be as productive as is the recovery from your last.
Consider your first day back in the gym. Perhaps the vigor of returning to your home away from home catapults your workout from a mere 3 sets of squats to 6 sets. You’re going to be sore…very sore.
Training through great amounts of muscle damage is not ideal. Recent research3 asserts that when taken with a diet adequate in protein and Vitamin D, Omega-3’s attenuated muscle soreness and had beneficial effects regarding muscle damage. Thus, Omega-3’s may constitute a valuable supplement between workouts.
Superior Mood and Cognition
Lesser-known benefits of Omega-3’s have to do with what’s going on between your ears. Both working memory and episodic memory have shown enhancements in otherwise healthy individuals3 when supplementing. Perhaps these benefits have the smallest correlation with training performance, but mindfulness is incredibly important to our general health and well-being.
Clearly, Omega-3’s present a myriad of positive effects to our lives both on and off the platform. These benefits combined with the cost-effectiveness of Omega-3’s make it a worthwhile supplement for many.
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Our CNP Omega+ capsules are made with a blend of the finest Nordic fish and krill oils meaning they are low in pollutants, high in phospholipids and supported by powerful astaxanthin and vitamin D3.
- Wei MY, Jacobson TA. Effects of Eicosapentaenoic Acid Versus Docosahexaenoic Acid on Serum Lipids: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Current Atherosclerosis Reports. 2011;13(6):474-483.
- Lewis NA, Daniels D, Calder PC, Castell LM, Pedlar CR. Are There Benefits from the Use of Fish Oil Supplements in Athletes? A Systematic Review. Advances in Nutrition. 2020.