Fish oil. Fatty acid. Omega-3 goes by different names and has many amazing health benefits. It’s mostly known as a ‘fish oil,’ but usually ‘fish oil’ can contain other things, such as omega-6 and omega-9. The real health, performance, longevity, gut, fat loss, muscle promoting benefits are coming for omega-3 specifically.
Health and Longevity
Omega-3 has been shown to have positive effects (when taken with a probiotic) on gut health, lipid profile (the measurement of fats in blood), and inflammation. Individuals deficient in omega-3 have been shown to have poorer gut health which has been shown to impact, aside from various health markers, neurological development. Omega-3 helps the brain to clear metabolites from the brain aiding in brain homeostasis. Cannabinoids produced in the brain are utilized by omega-3 to prevent inflammation. Omega-3 promotes the release of serotonin, which plays a role in many mood disorders. Blood flow within the brain, to areas most associated with cognition, is greatly enhanced by omega-3. This is great for the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc.
There are also performance and body composition benefits of taking omega-3. Omega-3 has been shown to increase metabolic rates (the rate at which the body burns calories) for both resting and exercise states. Meaning you will burn more calories while you’re working out or not. Omega-3 is also a great aid to building and keeping muscle. This is done via a twofold process. While omega-3 upregulates anabolic pathways that are used to build muscle, it also down regulates catabolic pathways, the ones used to breakdown muscle. AND omega-3 has been shown to slightly aid in insulin resistance.