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There is evidence that taking fish oil improves muscle growth from training in older women.

There is a growing body of evidence that increasing your intake of fish oil, or more specifically the Omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA found commonly in fish oil, can help increase muscle growth, muscle repair and improve the results that you get from exercising.

That may sound strange, however previous studies supporting this conclusion have now been joined by a new study, published in early 2012, suggesting that older women who undertake strength training can improve the results of that strength training by taking fish oil supplements.

In the new study, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 45 healthy women around 65 years of age were studied. The study was undertaken in Brazil.

During the study these women were broken into 3 groups, all 3 involving the same amount of strengthening exercises undertaken 3 times a week for 90 days.

One of the groups of women undertook only the strengthening exercises. The 2nd group did the strengthening exercises plus took 2 grams of fish oil each day beginning on the 1st day, and the 3rd group took 2 grams of fish oil each day, but starting 60 days before beginning the exercise training.Fish oil and muscle

As part of the study the muscle strength of the women was evaluated, and as you would expect all of the groups of women showed an improvement in muscle strength by the end of the study.

However the groups of women who supplemented the strength training with fish oil supplementation showed a greater increase in muscle strength than those who did not. There was no difference in the increase in muscle strength between the group who started the supplementation on the day the muscle training began, and the group who began 2 months before.

Of course as you get older you start to suffer from declining muscle capacity, and for this reason strength training may well be beneficial to older people. It seems, following the conclusions of this relatively small study, that you may well be able to improve your results by taking fish oil supplements as well.

This isn’t the only study showing some form of correlation between increasing muscle mass or capacity and taking fish oil supplements. It has been observed, for example, that cancer patients who take fish oil can retain muscle mass better than those who do not.

And some bodybuilders are being advised to add a dose of fish oil supplements to their muscle training to help build muscle mass. And it’s not just muscle mass, other reasons bodybuilders might consider taking fish oil include that there is evidence that increasing your intake of fish oil not only increases muscle mass but also helps reduce body fat, particularly around the abdomen.

And as we have noted elsewhere on this website, it is now commonly accepted that the Omega 3 essential fatty acids DHA and EPA are effective anti-inflammatories, this being one of the major reasons why they are effective in helping reduce symptoms of a number of different conditions. Highly trained athletes, including bodybuilders, are often prone to inflammatory injuries, often of the joints, and therefore fish oil supplementation may well help reduce the incidence of inflammation and associated injuries.

And of course there are the more general benefits. Supplementing with fish oil for muscle increase is just one. Reducing your likelihood of dying from a heart attack has to be good to everybody, not just bodybuilders.

And there are also specific advantages of fish oil supplementation for the older people amongst us. As well as taking fish oil for muscle strength, Omega 3 fats can help reduce your risk of macular degeneration, the major cause of blindness in the elderly, particularly in women. And there is strong evidence that the anti-inflammatory effects of the Omega 3 fats can also help in a regime designed to help treat arthritis.

So whether you’re an older female, like in the study, a bodybuilder or anyone, there are powerful reasons to consider increasing your intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids found in fish oil.

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Fish oil is good for you, but not necessarily all the time

Is fish oil good for you? That’s a good question. As this website is all about the health benefits of the Omega 3 fatty acids contained in fish oil you’d think it would be fair to assume that we would answer yes, that taking fish oil is good for you.

And we do, but with a qualification.

Firstly there is no doubt that fish oil is good for you, in most cases. There is clear evidence about the heart health benefits of increasing your intake of the essential fatty acids DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid). There is solid scientific research demonstrating that you may well reduce your risk of getting cardiovascular disease by increasing your intake of the Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil, and this evidence is significant enough that the American Heart Association tells us all to make sure we eat enough fish.

And whilst it’s quite clear that more fish oil is good for your heart, there is also good evidence that fish oil is good for you in other areas of your health as well.Is fish oil good for you

Of course like all these things there are degrees. It’s almost impossible to say when something is sufficiently proven to be proven. Even in mainstream medical matters you’ll find huge disagreements amongst the health benefits of a whole range of different therapies, pharmaceuticals and more.

But it’s probably fair to say that the evidence in support of the conclusion that increasing your intake of fish oil is sufficiently strong, at least in the case of improving your heart health.

But here’s the qualification. Whilst fish oil might be good for your heart it might not be good for everything.

We say that because today we have been reading a report suggesting that, for some people, taking more fish oil might not be good for you at all.

Whilst there is evidence that increasing your intake of fish oil might produce some preventative effect against certain cancers there is now a study suggesting that anyone who is already suffering from cancer, and who is undergoing chemotherapy as a result, might perhaps be better advised not to take fish oil supplements.

This study, done in the University Medical Centre in Utrecht in Holland, has concluded that taking fish oil supplements may well help reduce the effectiveness of chemotherapy.

In other words the Omega 3 fats prevent the chemicals used in chemotherapy from working as effectively.

In the study fish oil was given 22 to mice which were given cancer treatment. These mice suffer from tumors, and therefore were given chemotherapy to see whether or not there was any impact from feeding them fish oil supplements.

And the result was that feeding fish oil to mice during chemotherapy created a resistance to the chemotherapy.

Of course, as we noted before, it’s always hard to know when something is proven. Does this study mean that all patients undergoing chemotherapy should stop taking fish oil supplements? We don’t know, it all needs further study.

But it’s certainly food for thought.

So, is fish oil good for you? Yes, but not in all cases. If you’re likely to be undergoing chemotherapy to cancer have a good chat to your doctor about it.

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The media is full of warnings about contaminated fish. Is fish good for you?

If you read our website you’ll know that we talk a lot about the health benefits of the Omega 3 fats, and also that fish are the best source of the Omega 3 fats. Or at least the important ones DHA and EPA. And of course fish oil supplements are the most cost-effective and best way to get your Omega 3.

But there’s plenty more reasons to eat fish. There’s nutrients in fish beyond the Omega 3 fats, fish and nutrition go together.

So let’s consider some of the other nutrients in fish today. Lets see why fish should make up a percentage of your weekly diet.

One of the nutrients in fish is protein

Fish are extremely good sources of protein. Protein is an essential part of your diet.

Every single cell in your body needs a supply of protein for good health. The roles of proteins include building and repairing damaged tissues in your body, protein makes up a large part of your hair and nails as well as being essential for healthy bones, skin and muscles.
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An adequate supply of protein is essential to good health, and most fish has around 15 to 20 percent protein.

Protein is what has been called a “macronutrient”. This means that your body requires a significant supply of protein.

However in many cases protein comes along with other things that aren’t so good for you. Often protein comes along with saturated fat.

But fish has no saturated fat

It is well-known that red meat is a good source of protein, however red meat also supplies saturated fat in your diet. Whilst some fats, like the Omega 3 fats, are essential to good health we are all warned to avoid too much saturated fat.

Saturated fat clogs your arteries. The fat in fish is unsaturated.

Along with protein and Omega 3 fats there are lots of other good nutrients in fish. Micronutrients, or in other words nutrients we only require in small quantities, include iodine, calcium and phosphorus and vitamins include both vitamin A and vitamin D.

And best of all, fish does not contain any carbohydrates, and is low in calories. Not only that but it’s easy to digest.

As you can see there’s plenty of nutrients in fish, and very little downside to eating it. Except for one thing.

Unfortunately fish can be contaminated with various toxins including Mercury and PCBs. This presents us all with a bit of a conundrum. Fish is an excellent food, both for its Omega 3 fatty acids as well as for all the other reasons outlined above. But should we be eating it?

Isn’t fish contaminated with mercury and PCBs?

Whilst the FDA warns us, if we are a pregnant woman, that we should eat little or no fish, and only certain types if we do, they do not tell the rest of us to avoid fish entirely. The American Heart Association recommends 2 meals of fish a week for good health, because of the nutrients in fish and in particular the Omega 3 fatty acids.

So whilst we need to be careful there is no strong evidence that we should all be avoiding eating any fish at all.

It would seem on balance that there are good reasons to eat 2 meals of fish per week, but not go overboard.

(And to get an adequate supply of Omega3 fatty acids take your fish oil capsules every day.)

Fish is healthy. Fish is nutritious, fish is good for you. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Don’t eat too much fish, be careful with which fish you eat, but certainly make fish a part of your diet.

And surprisingly, how you cook your fish has some bearing on the level of toxins. Many toxins tend to accumulate in the fat of the fish and so you should serve your fish without the skin, cooked without any internal organs, with as much of the fat removed as possible.

And don’t fry it, frying tends to seal the fat in. As well as that frying tends to reduce the levels of Omega 3 fatty acids.

For more information on levels of mercury in different types of fish click here, and to read the specific FDA warnings on eating fish and shellfish for pregnant women click here.

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Fish oil works to help keep you alive.

Does fish oil work? An interesting question and one which is still being asked by many people. We will try to answer that today.

Of course merely asking does fish oil work is too simplistic. You have to narrow down exactly what you are looking to find out. Our assumption is that anyone asking themselves if fish oil works is actually asking whether or not increasing the amount of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, (mainly found in fish oil) in your diet will make you healthier.

Even that’s too broad a question. There is a massive range of health conditions which are said to benefit from an increase in intake of Omega 3 essential fatty acids. So a better question could be does fish oil work to reduce the risk of heart attack? Or does fish oil work to reduce the risk of macular degeneration? Hopefully you see the point.

However in our view there is little doubt that it is now accepted by mainstream medical science that there are substantial health benefits from increasing your intake of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, either from eating more fish which can be a little problematical or from taking daily fish oil capsules.

Lets examine the first specific question. Does fish oil work to reduce your risk of heart attack?

And lets consider two specific examples in support of the argument that fish oil does work to reduce your risk of heart attack.Does fish oil work

The first example is that no less auguste a body than the American Heart Association specifically states that “Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, and those at high risk of — or who have — cardiovascular disease”.

That’s pretty clear and unambiguous. And they make specific recommendations about how much of the Omega 3 fats you should have in your diet, either by way of eating more fish or by taking Omega 3 supplements. That’s also pretty clear.

How about this. If you’re a doctor who practices in Italy, and you fail to tell your heart patients that they should be taking more Omega 3 essential fatty acids in their diet, you may well be guilty of medical malpractice. Heart specialists in Italy are fully aware of the powerful and beneficial effects of increasing the amount of Omega 3 in the diet for heart patients, to the point where it is considered to be malpractice not to tell patients about it.

In fact every single heart patient at the San Filippo Neri Hospital in Italy who has managed to survive a heart attack is given a prescription for fish oil supplements. Read more here.

In fact fish oil supplements are considered to be as much a part of treatment for cardiac patients as any other drug they may be prescribed.

So I think you have there some solid evidence that mainstream medicine considers the Omega 3 essential fatty acids primarily found in fish oil work to help reduce your risk of death from heart event.

Of course this doesn’t mean that they work to reduce your risk from any other of the specific health problems which have been studied, these would have to be examined separately. There is probably more evidence of the effectiveness of taking Omega 3 capsuels, or eating more fish, as regards heart health than many other health problems, possibly because this has been more extensively studied.

But for anyone asking themselves if fish oil works, we think it’s clear that increasing the amount of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids in your diet has substantial health benefits, not the least of which is a reduction in your risk of death, as well as a range of other health benefits as well.

So if you’ve been sitting on the fence about adding more Omega 3 to your diet, either through eating more fish, which has its own problems, or by taking fish oil capsules, then don’t delay. Fish oil works to keep you healthier.

The longer you delay the greater the risk.

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