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Extra intake of EPA and DHA improves the physical condition of people not doing sports

Untrained older women showed better muscle fitness and functional ability after taking 2g of Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA daily for 60 days before starting to train and during the training period, compared with the group that did not take these fatty acids 1.
In another study, non-trained people showed a decreased inflammation reaction after a heavy physical load2. Another double-blind, placebo-controlled study, featuring 40 trained people taking 2224 mg EPA + 2208 mg DHA for six weeks, showed decreased levels of the inflammation markers C reactive protein (CRP) and tomor necrosis factor alpha  (TNF – alpha) in the body while resting3.
Research publications:
1.    Rodacki CL et al. Fish-oil supplementation enhances the effects of strength training in elderly women. Am J Clin Nutr 95, 428-436.
2.    Tartibian B et al. Omega-3 fatty acids supplementation attenuates inflammatory markers after eccentric exercise in untrained men. Clin J Sport Med. 2011 Mar; 21(2):131-7.
3.    Bloomer RJ et al. Effect of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid on resting and exercise-induced inflammatory and oxidative stress biomarkers: a randomized, placebo controlled, cross-over study. Lipids Health Dis. 2009 Aug 19; 8:36.

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