Omega- 3 Fatty Acids May Reduce Muscle Inflammation Helping You Recover

New research in the International Journal Of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism has suggested that the inclusion of Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may reduce the production of inflammatory eicosanoids, cytokines and free radicals.

The new findings add to the body of knowledge already relatively well known in animals, however the effects are yet to be fully proven in humans. Mickleborough (2013) admits that too much omega-3 can have immunosuppressive effects increasing your risk of illness, but this has to be well in excess.

So by ingesting approx 1-2g per day of the Omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) at a 2:1 ratio may be beneficial to reducing exercise induced inflammation.


Mickleborough (2013), Omega-3 Polyunsaturated fatty acids in physical performance optimisation. International Journal Of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolsim. 23: 83-96.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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