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Athletes Should Consider Consuming More Omega-3s

Athletes may want to consider consuming more omega-3 essential fatty acids according to a new study published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.

Researchers from the University of Tuebingen in Germany recruited 40 non-smoking amateur male wrestlers with an average age of 18.6 for their study.

The wrestlers were randomly assigned to one of four groups:

1. Received training and omega-3 supplements

2. Received training and took a placebo pill

3. Received no training and omega-3 supplements

4. Received the placebo only (control)

After 12 weeks, the researchers observed a 53% increase in lung volume capacity and 41% increase in lung airflow among the participants in the group that took omega-3s while training.

This was the first study to look into the link between omega-3 essential fatty acid consumption and lung capacity among training athletes and may add yet another benefit to the already long list of reasons to consider consuming more omega-3s.

These essential fatty acids are most notably linked to improvements in cardiovascular health and have also been associated with better cognitive function, reductions in cancer risk and in the risk of developing age related macular degeneration.

You can get more of these omega-3 essential fatty acids by consuming oily fish like salmon and mackerel or by taking a high quality omega-3 supplement. If you opt for a supplement, be sure it is high quality, certified for purity and abundant in the two most important omega-3 fatty acids: DHA and EPA.

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