Studies show fish oil benefits may include relief for over 70 health conditions. Now, researchers have reason to believe these benefits extend to women who strength train.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is based on the understanding that muscle tone and capacity decreases with age (Rodaki, Rodacki, Pereira, Naliwaiko, Coelho, Pequito, & Fernandes, 2012). According to the researchers, previous studies have indicated that fish oil supplements can improve muscle performance in athletes, but little has been studied about the effects of supplements in older women.
In an attempt to change that, Rodaki et al. designed a study to investigate the role of omega-3 supplementation on strength training in older women.
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What happened in the study?
A total of 45 women (all in their early to mid sixties) participated in the study. The researchers divided the participants into 3 groups.
One group was assigned to a strength training program without supplements, one group entered the same program but took 2 grams of fish oil per day, and the last group took began supplementing 60 days prior to training.
Groups were randomly assigned to 90 or 150 days of strength training and were tested for both muscle tone and capacity before and after the experiment.
What the researchers found
At the end of the study, the researchers found that all participants performed better than they had in the beginning. However, those in the 2 fish oil groups experienced greater increases in muscle performance!