Omega-3 supplementation and physical performance

 
 
 

Omega-3 supplementation has ergogenic potential. An ergogenic aid can be defined as a physical, mechanical, nutritional, psychological, or pharmacological substance or treatment used for the purpose of enhancing physical performance, especially by eliminating fatigue symptoms. People use ergogenic aids (caffeine or sports drinks with carbohydrates and electrolytes to replace salts eliminated during sweating), but some of them have not proved effectivity and others, even, are harmful or illegal. Some ergogenic aids recognized as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) include compounds such as: hydroxymethyl butyrate, conjugated linoleic acid, carnitine, chromium, and creatine. Harmful or illegal ergogenic aids (Olympics commission) include: substances anabolic and other steroids, blood doping, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), ephedrine and human growth hormone (HGH).

Don’t forget: The best way to improve physical performance is training, dedication, and proper diet. With regard to the latter: In a recent study with well-trained athletes, omega-3 supplementation improved neuromuscular function and physical performance (with respect to fatigue).

 

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