Receive 10% Off

The Effects of Fish Oil on Exercise-Induced Asthma

by Dr. Jason Barker January 04, 2011

The Effects of Fish Oil on Exercise-Induced Asthma

Traditionally, wheezing has only been treated with prescription medications. However, newer research shows that fish oil can decrease the severity of wheezing as well. 

Specifically, the addition of omega-3 fatty acids into the diet can decrease wheezing. Omega-3 fatty acids* (such as those found in fish) block the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body. These chemicals are responsible for a number of inflammatory processes in the body; some of these cause constriction in the airways, leading to wheezing.

After just three weeks of supplementation with fish oil, study subjects (elite athletes) had significantly decreased lung airway narrowing (wheezing), inflammation and use of their medications.  Supplementation can serve as a beneficial treatment for active and athletic people with asthma. 

In addition to supplementation, people with asthma should pay attention to their diet, limiting ‘inflammatory’ foods such as fried foods, alcohol, and processed/junk foods.  Identifying and removing food allergens is highly recommended as well. 

We recommend supplementing your diet with a purified, high-quality fish oil supplement; this is typically necessary to achieve clinical results like those mentioned above, as dietary intakes rarely contain adequate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.  Additionally, the majority of seafood today is contaminated with mercury and other chemicals, making it unsafe to consume in large amounts. 

P.S. If you are a vegetarian, evening primrose oil is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids.

*Omega-3 fatty acids include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). 

Reference:

Mickelborough, TD, Lindley MR, Montgomery GS. Effect of fish oil-derived omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation on exercise induced bronchoconstriction and immune function in athletes. The Physician and Sportsmedicine, December 2008.

Dr. Jason Barker
Dr. Jason Barker


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Natural Athlete Solutions

Recovery Charge - Anabolic Amino Acid Complex
Recovery Charge - Anabolic Amino Acid Complex

by Dr. Jason Barker

Recovery Charge is a research-based formulation of the ideal amino acids for muscle protein synthesis.  It helps support muscle strength and function while preventing muscle loss from inactivity or aging. 

 

Read More
Joint pain remedy
Why Do Joints Pop, Snap and Grind?

by Dr. Jason Barker

Most  joints pop, snap and grind - but WHY does this happen? And is it a bad sign if your joints pop, snap or grind? 
We'll explain why your joints make these noises, where these sounds come from, if you should be concerned about it, and what you can do to prevent it all in this video blog. 
Read More
What’s In An Epsom Salt Bath?
What’s In An Epsom Salt Bath?

by Dr. Jason Barker

Epsom salt baths have a great reputation among athletes - but do they really do what you think?  If we really take a look at the research the answers may surprise you. 

Read More