As an athlete wanting to hit a new PR, ingesting omega 3 fats can boost your gains, speed your workout recovery and help you meet your personal athletic goals, but also provide other benefits. Since your body cannot make omega 3s on its own, you need to eat lots of fish, avocados and nuts, but you still may fall short on the amount needed to help reach your goals.
Omega 3 fats:
That is why we added Omega 3s to INVIGOR8 Superfood Shake in the form of flaxseed, which is rich in Omega 3s. They are filling and will satiate your appetite as well as, maintaining blood sugar levels to help maintain a healthy weight.
Omega 3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat and play an integral role in metabolism. They help in the functioning of cell receptors in cell membranes, regulate hormones that control blood clotting and dilation of artery walls, and fight inflammation.
Omega 3s are referred to as an essential fat because they cannot be produced by your own body and must be obtained from dietary sources.
There are 3 main types of omega 3 oils and fatty acids:
While DHA and EPA are obtained mainly from fish sources, ALA is obtained from plant sources.
Research studies have indicated that omega 3 fatty acids can reduce inflammation and lower the risk of diseases such as cancer, arthritis and heart disease. They also appear to be important for behavioral function and brain memory and performance. If you are deficient in omega 3 acids, this could lead to poor memory, fatigue, heart problems, dry skin, poor circulation and depression.
Some good sources of EPA and DHA are anchovies, herring, mackerel, wild salmon, bluefish, sturgeon, tuna, sardines and lake trout. Good sources of ALA’s are flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, canola, soybeans and walnuts. You can also use supplements such as fish oil, algae oil and krill oil to obtain omega 3 fatty acids.