The benefits of omega-3 are almost endless, and with continued research, the list of benefits continues to grow. What other supplement do you know of that can support a variety of body functions and organs, and can also support athletic performance? Take a look at all of the research-backed benefits omega-3 can deliver for you!
A review found evidence to support a role of omega-3 EPA and DHA in improved athletic performance such as enhanced endurance, markers of functional response to exercise, and enhanced recovery or neuroprotection. The Gatorade Sports Science Institue states that omega-3 consumption has been shown to support anti-inflammation and enhance muscle recovery.
The ultraviolet radiation (UV) in sunlight takes a toll on our skin which can cause premature aging, wrinkles, leathery skin, liver spots, and in some cases it can cause cancer. Studies have shown that omega-3 is a promising candidate for UV skin protection and sunburn response. Another 2018 review in Marine Drugs notes that fish oil and its components can promote skin healing, inhibit inflammation from UV light, and improve cell barrier function. Omega-3s may also address dry skin and eczema, acne, and hyperpigmentation.
There is strong evidence to support that omega-3 supplements could lead to disease regression in some types of retinopathies, including age-related macular degeneration, macular dystrophies, and some severe forms of dry eyes. Omega-3 consumption may also improve dry eye symptoms from eye strain caused by starting at computer, phone, and TV screens for hours each day.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a form of omega-3, is important for both eye and brain health. DHA plays a significant role in mental health development in early childhood and into adulthood. Evidence has shown that low intake of omega-3 increases the risk of numerous mental health issues including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, bipolar disorder, and depression. There are also studies that show increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids in combination with antioxidants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s Disease.
We’ve broken down a 2020 Mayo Clinic study supporting the claim that fish oil reduces the risk of heart disease in another blog post. According to UPenn Medicine, omega-3s:
- Lower triglycerides in artery walls therefore decreasing risk of heart attack and stroke
- Reduce the risk of arrhythmia (abnormal heart beats) therefore decreasing the risk of stroke and other serious heart issues
- Slow the rate of plaque build up that can accumulate in arteries and limit the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout your body
- Slightly lower blood pressure
The list of omega-3 benefits continues but we'll stop there. The world's leading omega-3 specialist, Dr. Doug Bibus calls omega-3 fatty acids "a miracle supplement”. Coromega’s range of omega-3 supplements, along with some other top quality supplements are available to help support your health goals, whatever they may be.