Omega-3s have a wide range of positive effects that are of key importance in bodybuilding.
An increase in the metabolic rate.
Accelerate the growth of dry muscle mass and reduce the fat layer. They can be used both for weight loss and for weight gain.
Increased sensitivity to insulin due to slowing down the movement of food contents through the gastrointestinal tract. Thus, carbohydrates are absorbed more slowly, without creating concentration peaks that cause desensitization of insulin islets.
Improvement of the rheological properties of blood, due to a decrease in viscosity, as a result of which blood pressure decreases, the risk of cardio-vascular diseases, blood clots, strokes and heart attacks decreases.
It raises the overall tone, increases endurance and neuro-muscular function. A study conducted in 2015 demonstrated an improvement in all these qualities in men during training compared to a placebo control group in which olive oil was used.
They are precursors of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins E3, and also inhibit the synthesis pathway of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins E2, which are formed from omega-6. Prostaglandins E3 reduce pain and inflammatory processes that always accompany intense physical exercise, while prostaglandins E2 have the opposite effect and are able to suppress lipolysis. Thus, the destruction of muscle tissue after training is reduced, the recovery time is shortened and the utilization of fat is increased.
Omega-3 fatty acids prevent the destruction of cartilage in the joints. Several studies have noted that omega-3s relieve pain in diseases of the joints, improve their mobility and suppress inflammatory processes.
They improve brain function, lift the mood. The brain substance consists of 60% fat, and especially needs Omega-3 fatty acids to function properly. A long-term study of the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on the brain has proved the possibility of using them even as a prevention of schizophrenia in adolescents.
Make the skin softer and cleaner.
A healthy source of energy that does not create a risk of increasing fat mass.
They increase the production of hormones, including the most important testosterone in bodybuilding.
They suppress the release of the catabolic hormone cortisol.
Polyunsaturated Omega-3 fatty acids are also necessary in the following situations: functional disorders of the central nervous system, accompanied by a decrease in the level of mental energy and intellectual functions, states of chronic fatigue, rehabilitation after acute disorders of cerebral circulation; rehabilitation after a heart attack, angiopathy; osteomyelitis, bone fractures, trophic ulcers; autoimmune diseases; glomerulonephritis; pregnancy; skin diseases, cosmetic programs, cancer prevention, etc.