A recent study found that Omega-3 fatty acids may increase physical conditioning by improving the efficiency of the cardiorespiratory system. Basically, if you supplement your diet with fish oils it can help your heart, lungs and arteries to function better, which means that athletic performance can be improved.
Omega-3 fatty acids:
- may help to reduce inflammation
- lower heart rates while performing at high levels
- decrease blood pressure
- increase blood flow
Supplementing your diet with fish oils may help performance but it is generally a good idea to get your nutrients from food. Mackerel, salmon, trout, herring, sardines and pilchards are particularly good sources. Although these studies seem promising, more is not necessarily better so make sure to do your research and talk to your doctor before supplementing your diet with fish oils.
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