Do you workouts leave your muscles sore and cranky? Then you might want to try omega-3 fish oil. Brimming with omega-3 fatty acids, omega-3 fish oil is renowned for its ability to relieve inflammation and accelerate the healing process.
In fact, for many years, people have been using omega-3 fish oil for many years to treat exercise-related muscle soreness, nerve damage cause by accident or injury and age-related muscle inflammation. Read on to learn more.
A body of research shows that omega-3 fish oil relieves muscle and nerve pain
One study conducted by researchers at Indiana University in the United States showed that taking an omega-3 fish oil supplement before exercise
significantly reduced muscle soreness and tenderness afterwards.
In the study, half of the participants took a daily mega-3 fish oil supplement (400 mg) for 26 days, while the other half took a placebo. The researchers then put the participants through a 20-minute downhill running workout on the treadmill, which has been shown to cause muscle damage.
For the next four days, the participants continued to take the supplement or the placebo and the researchers asked them to rate muscle soreness in their legs on a scale from zero to 10, or ‘no soreness’ to ‘unbelievably painful’. The researchers also tested the participants’ blood for markers of inflammation.
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The researchers concluded that compared to the placebo group, the omega-3 fish oil group reported significantly less soreness in their legs. They also had lower levels of inflammation in their blood.
The omega-3 fatty acids in omega-3 fish oil have powerful anti-inflammatory properties
“The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil have anti-inflammatory properties,” points out sports doctor Jodan Metzl , who wasn’t involved in the study. “Just as those properties keep your heart healthy, they can keep your muscles in good shape, too,” he adds.
If you’d prefer not to take an omega-3 fish oil supplement, you can add more oily fish like sardines, salmon an mackerel to your diet instead.
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