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Fall 2017
BY TAMARA WATT
SSN SFN CPT SSC
NGA FITNESS PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE TAMARAWATT2@GMAIL COM
FISH OIL
We We hear hear it it ALL the the the the time We We hear hear it it from our our friends our our neighbors the the the the cashier in in in the the the the checkout line at the the the the local grocery store and in in in in almost every fitness maga- zine! What is all the talk about?
It’s about fish oil and and its fits major benefits towards supporting sustained health and and longevity When we we talk talk about about fish fish oil oil we we are are talking about about the Omega-3 (highly beneficial fats) found in in fish fish oil oil which which are are are EPA and and DHA both of which which are are vital and and essential for great health The following are some benefits as to to why you you may consider adding EPA and and DHA into your daily dietary intake and regimen:
• Influences weight strength and muscle building (It’s a a a major plus when you get ALL 3!)
• Influences mobility brain health health cardiovascular health health and so much more (So don’t forget to get your daily dose ) In addition to the above mentioned benefits recent studies also indicate that fish oil plays an an important role in in in in in in in in promoting weight loss reducing chronic pain improving learning and and behavior in in in in in in in in in in children decreas- ing ing ing ing ing the the rate of of diabetes increasing immunity and and helping to reduce the the chances of of osteoarthritis heart failure and depression There are are some other areas that can be positively impacted by adding fish oil to your diet Let’s take a a a a a a a a a a a a look at some of those areas 1 Metabolism A number of studies have shown that the the Omega 3’s in in in fish oil support weight loss by by increasing your metabolism which which fis is is is is the the rate at at at at at which which you you burn fat fat This is is is is done by by reducing the proliferation of of fat fat fat cells preventing accu- mulation of of fat fat and improving insulin glucose tolerance in in in in in the body body which would be be a a a a a a a a a a a benefit for anyone looking to to stay at at a a a a a a a a a a a healthy body body fat percentage and weight Two new studies have even shown that fish oil can prompt fat fat storage cells cells to act like fat burning cells!
2 Maximize Muscle Mass Several studies inves- tigating older adults (60+) have found that fish oil supplementation increases muscle mass and can improve overall strength strength especially when combined with strength-training exercises Research has also shown that Omega-3’s when taken with protein increases muscle synthesis in in in healthy middle-aged men men and women 3 3 3 Boosts Brain Health Omega-3 fat fat DHA com- promises up to 30% of fat fat in in in in the brain which influences nerve transmission and cellular communication As a a a a a a a a a result of of this low levels of of DHA can negatively affect brain function in in in in the young and old alike Adding Omega-3’s into your diet has has proven to to improve cognition learning attention focus memory and and also has has a a a a a a a a a a a a positive effect on on on mood and and and mental health particularly for those who suffer from depression stress and and anxiety DHA is is also believed to function as the brain’s brain’s protective covering This means that it protects the the brain’s brain’s cells from inflammation and oxidative damage which plays a a a a a a a a a a a role in in in the the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s Some of of the best food sources of of fish oil are:
• • Yogurt
• • • Flaxseed Oil • • Spinach
Although fish oil fis is naturally occurring in in in in in many foods supplementing by taking an an an oral dosage in in in in in pill form is is is easier and and and less of a a a a a a a a a a hassle for for some with busy lifestyles and and and demanding schedules If this is is is the case for for you when purchasing a a a a a a a a pill form consume
1 000 000 mg mg per per day day of of EPA/DHA and 4 000 000 mg mg per per day day of of of omega 3’s A A A food tracker can also assist you in in keeping a a a a a a a a a a a tally on on the the the daily amount of of fish oil that you you consume
In either case whether it it fit fis is in in in in pill form or or naturally occurring in in in in in foods there are benefits to to to add- ing ing fish oil in in in in in your your diet so so be be be sure to to to add add some to to to yours You will be be glad in in in the long-run that you you did! n n n n n n • • Eggs
• • • Fish Oil • • • Walnuts
• • • Tuna
• • • Natural Peanut Butter
• • Milk
• • • Chia Seeds
• • • Fish (salmon) • • Sardines
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