Fish oil has become extremely popular in the fitness realm, mainly due to the long list of benefits that research has discovered. Some of these include fat loss, preventing insulin resistance.. the list can go on and on.
In fact, after you read this research long enough, you begin to wonder why EVERYBODY doesn't take in the recommended intake each day. The benefits are too good to ignore, and I want to share a few of them with you today.
Fish Oil Fights Off Insulin Resistance
Insulin is a very powerful hormone in our bodies that we try to manipulate for either fat loss or muscle gain. However, without a proper diet in place, insulin can quickly become your worst enemy.
You see, insulin is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it is the most powerful hormone for creating an anabolic state. On the other hand, however, it contributes to fat gain when too much insulin is being produced.
When you are insulin resistant, you experience more of the negative side of insulin. What that means is that more fatty acids and glucose will be sent to fat cells in your body, which is something we all want to avoid.
Enter fish oil.
Studies have shown that fish oil can actually prevent insulin resistance, especially in high fat diets1. This is extremely important if you find that you are often feeling bloated, soft, or have noticeable fat gain when eating too much carbs or fats. Once you notice this, you can use fish oil to help prevent insulin resistance, and thus help yourself increase nutrition partitioning.
Burn the Fat
Since nobody wants to be fat, this is an obvious advantage. However, fish oil isn't directly related to burning fat, unlike some supplements that are designed specifically for that reason. But, this is what makes fish oil so great, as it has numerous advantages without being specialized in one thing.
Fish oil can help burn fat because fats are a source of energy for our body, so it is used for fuel. When this occurs, it increases your metabolism. Studies have shown this to be effective in a calorie-restricted diet2. Combined with its abilities against insulin as I mentioned above, it becomes an effective fat-burning tool to have at your disposal.
Fish Oil Reduces Inflammation
Fish oil is an anti-inflammatory that does a great job at helping with your joint health. Those who are avid fitness enthusiasts know how beneficial this is, because you are destroying muscle tissue with each exercise session.
Now, this can sometimes cause serious issues such as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), which can set back your progress for weeks. Inflammation also slows down muscle growth by stopping protein synthesis, which means you are wasting sessions due to lack of recovery. With fish oil, this problem can be solved, and it can help keep you in an anabolic state. In fact, some studies have shown that it is more effective at reducing inflammation than flaxseed oil3.
A Combination of Benefits
When you look at just these 3 benefits, you start to see the other benefits fish oil has. For example, since it helps fight off insulin resistance, this helps to promote muscle growth. And since fish oil helps to protect your joints, this leads to improved recovery, as well as longevity.
Fish oil contains a lot of small benefits that add up to build a very potent supplement that can keep you healthy. As an added bonus, it will also contribute to your brain health, and keep you in the game longer.
- Storlien, L. H., Kraegen, E. W., Chisholm, D. J., Ford, G. L., Bruce, D. G., & Pascoe, W. S. (n.d.). Fish oil prevents insulin resistance induced by high-fat feeding in rats. Science.
- Thorsdottir, I., Tomasson, H., Gunnarsdottir, I., Gisladottir, E., Kiely, M., Parra, M. D., . . . Martinéz, J. A. (n.d.). Randomized trial of weight-loss-diets for young adults varying in fish and fish oil content. International Journal of Obesity.
- Duda, M. K., O'Shea, K. M., Tintinu, A., Xu, W., Khairallah, R. J., Barrows, B. R., . . . Stanley, W. C. (n.d.). Fish oil, but not flaxseed oil, decreases inflammation and prevents pressure overload-induced cardiac dysfunction. Cardiovascular Research.