Receive 10% Off

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Stimulate Muscle Protein Synthesis

by Dr. Jason Barker March 09, 2011

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Stimulate Muscle Protein Synthesis

New research shows that omega-3 fatty acids (cold water fish and fish oils are great sources) support muscle protein synthesis, or the creation of new muscle tissue in older adults. Changes were noted after 8 weeks of supplementation.

Older adults muscles breakdown more quickly than younger people; this is associated with a loss of strength and performance.

Researchers noted that the Omega-3 oils ‘turned on’ a specific anabolic (muscle building) pathway. Experimentally, this occurred when ingested with amino acids and insulin. To recreate this effect, one could take Omega-3 oils with a protein-rich meal. The body always secretes insulin when meals are eaten; consuming some carbohydrates with this meal will enhance insulin secretion. This would be a perfect post-workout meal, by the way!

Omega-3 oils are found most readily in fish oil. They can also be found in plant oils as well. EPA and DHA are common types of Omega-3 oil.  Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for asthma, allergies, tendonitis and high cholesterol, to name a few.

Reference:

Smith GI, Atherton P, Reeds DN, Mohammed BS, Rankin D, Rennie MJ, Mittendorfer B. Dietary omega-3 fatty acid supplementation increases the rate of muscle protein synthesis in older adults: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Dec 15.

Dr. Jason Barker
Dr. Jason Barker


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Natural Athlete Solutions

Altitude Training
Altitude Training

by Dr. Jason Barker

Being from Colorado, we know altitude.  Denver and the Front Range areas are roughly 5000+ feet, or a mile (1600 meters) high.  This elevation, while nothing extreme, definitely presents a challenge to visitors. 

Read More
How Long Can You Maintain Fitness Levels?
How Long Can You Maintain Fitness Levels?

by Dr. Jason Barker

Often times I am asked, “just how long can I rest while I recover from my injury/illness, before I start to lose my fitness level”?  All of us are hesitant to give up the gains we have made from all of that training. Although this is not a straight forward question, there is plenty of enlightening research on this subject. 

Read More
Thyroid Support Complex - Daily Thyroid Nutrition
Thyroid Support Complex - Daily Thyroid Nutrition

by Dr. Jason Barker

Pure Encapsulations Thyroid Support Complex is a comprehensive formula containing vitamins, minerals and herbal extracts to help support healthy thyroid cell metabolism and thyroid hormone function. This formula is useful for anyone dealing with thyroid issues; it provides all the nutrients to help keep the thyroid gland functioning normally.

Read More