4 Reasons to Supplement with Fish Oil
By Lauryn Lax
May 6, 2015
If you haven’t already, it’s time you hear about the benefits of fish oil. For such a simple product, it can make a BIG difference in your strength, metabolism, digestion, body composition and more.
For the past two months, I have been popping a high-quality fish oil supplement once per day. I can’t even begin to tell you how much it has made a difference in how I feel, perform, sleep and think.
What prompted me to begin using it consistently?
Two months ago, during an intensive nutrition therapy workshop, I had the opportunity to learn about the functional diagnostic nutrition practice of Lingual Neuro Testing (LNT). LNT is a valuable biofeedback tool that enables health care providers to determine the usefulness of a nutritional supplement before it is dispensed to a client. LNT accesses the body’s innate ability to discriminate between what it needs and what it doesn’t need in order to correct a specific problem—such as a weak organ or a nutritional deficiency. During the manual muscle-testing portion of the test, I was given two assessments—one after I had ingested an Omega-3 Fish Oil supplement, and one without it. We discovered that when the fish oil was present, my muscles performed TWICE as strong on the test in all positions.
It was crazy to see the difference that the fish oil made in my overall muscular function and energy at that moment.
So—what exactly could fish oil do for you?
Build Muscle & Strength.
The essential fatty acids (EFAs) found in fish oil slow down and even inhibit muscle proteolysis—the breaking down of muscle proteins. In fact, Omega-3 fatty acids stimulate muscle protein synthesis (the growth of muscle), particularly during the post-workout window when muscle tissues are repairing/rebuilding during recovery and intake of nutrients.
Inflammation in the body equals disease, delayed recovery, insufficient weight management, illness, constipation, indigestion and more. Fish oil’s anti-inflammatory benefits include:
1.) Speeding the detoxification of things you don’t want in your body (waste products, inflammatory biomarkers)
2.) Improving cellular health and muscle building
3.) Decreasing hormones that cause inflammation
Omega-3 fats are essential to helping your cells run properly. They help balance your blood sugar and speed up your metabolism. In fact, numerous studies over the past decade have revealed the metabolism-boosting effects of fish oil. Your cellular functions are enhanced and work like they should—your body, your muscles, and cellular processes run like a well-oiled engine, as opposed to an old car.
Your brain needs fatty acids in order to function properly. Think about it—have you ever been on a ‘low-fat’ diet and felt lightheaded, hungry (all the time) and experienced sugar crashes? The reason is that your brain is not getting the optimal fuel it needs to operate properly. Fats stabilize your overall body chemistry and processes, and because fats take a long time to digest, you’ll have more energy and brainpower throughout the day.
Combine daily fish oil supplementation with Vitamin D tablets (one per day), and you’ve got more power, energy, improved digestion, clearer thinking and a revved-up metabolism coming your way.