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12 April, 2011
I am often asked about supplements from many angles – What should I take for fat loss to what should I take to build muscle. For me their is always a simple answer. Fish Oils. Infact I dont even believe taking a multivitain and fishoils are even supplementation. They are a necessary adjunct to a healthy nutrition plan. Omega 3 Fish oils are made up of 2 elements:
Fish oil, or more particularly the omega-3 fatty acids can be broken down into 2 different components EPA and DHA. They do two key things to help radically improve body composition (help us to get build muscle and lose fat). Firstly they turn on the lipolytic (fat burning) gene whilst turning off the lipogenic (fat storage) gene, and secondly they make our body more insulin sensitive, allowing for the muscles to be more receptive to insulin thus reducing how much is stored as bodyfat. Think for a second about this last point – less fat AND more muscle in one fell swoop. I have 8 – 10 grams of pharmaceutical grade fish oil everyday and have added up to 30 grams to many overweight clients’ supplement protocols and seen them not only drop bodyfat, but feel better and have more energy and even greater concentration. Sometimes it really is that simple.
As if this wasn’t compelling reason enough to start supplementing regularly with fish oil, let us not forget that it has been clinically proven to be beneficial to a myriad of diseases, both physical and mental. The positive benefits include:
A reduction in the systemic inflammation that is responsible for everything from muscle and joint soreness, tendonitis, excessively high blood pressure, asthma and ALL cardiovascular diseases, including sudden cardiac death and also it has been linked to a decrease in some forms of Cancer. Inflammation is truly an underlying key to a decline in health.
An increase in our natural production of serotonin (the “feel good” neurotransmitter), resulting in decreased carbohydrate cravings and decreased incidence of depression. All from one supplement.