Fish Oil may Help Restore Lost Muscle Mass
Omega-3 supplementation found to help in increase skeletal muscle mass and strength, particularly in populations at risk of sarcopenia, generalized loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength associated with advanced age, physical inactivity, obesity, and chronic diseases such as cancer or rheumatoid arthritis.
The main bioactive omega-3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)which are both present in seafood and fish oil and it these fatty acids that have both anti-inflammatory and inflammation resolving effects and are relevant to both prevention and treatment of muscle wasting
This meta-analysis included articles based on being a clinical study performed using an omega-3 supplement, and including a muscle-related endpoint and concluded that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids was associated with improvements in muscle mass and function
1. The effect of long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on muscle mass and function in sarcopenia: A scoping systematic review and meta-analysis, Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 20 October 2021
2. Temporal changes in human skeletal muscle and blood lipid composition with fish oil supplementation. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids, 90 (6) (2014), pp. 199-206
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