Essential nutrients are nutrients present in foods that we need to ingest for normal physiological functioning. Essential means these nutrients are indispensable for healthy living. Since the body does not have the capacity to make fatty acids itself, these nutrients need to be consumed in the foods we eat.
There are two known Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) known for humans: omega 3 fatty acid and omega 6 fatty acid. EFA serve a range of functions in the body. They are involved in the brain and nervous system, many organs, hormones and cell functions. Fish oil supplements have also been researched to show a decrease in fatigue, PMS symptoms, memory loss, cholesterol and triglycerides.
As fitness fanatics, we need to ensure we are getting the benefits of EFA as part of our daily routines. Fish oils have been shown to preserve lean muscle mass and reduce inflammation, increasing our range of motion. You will be able to train harder and recover quicker.
Fish Oils has also been shown to improve blood flow and improve the body’s capability to transport and utilize oxygen. This will allow the body to work harder and with more intensity.
Combat Fat With EFAs
We have all heard of insulin, aka, “the storage hormone”. Insulin is responsible for shuttling glucose into the muscle for growth, while shutting off fat storage after a workout. We are the most sensitive to insulin after a workout, thus, we eat carbohydrates post-workout to shuttle the nutrients into the muscle to promote recovery and lean muscle growth.
Fish oils have been proven to:
- increase insulin sensitively.
- inhibit fat storage.
- provide energy.
- muscle growth.
- prevent muscle breakdown.
- lower cholesterol.
- reduce inflammation.
Omega 3 has also been proven to reduce existing body fat deposits and also combat the storage of new fat. Say good-bye to cellulite!
- fish (mackerel, herring, salmon, trout)
- soybeans - should only be consumed in small amounts and if they are unfermented, they shouldn’t be eaten at all. The unfermented soybean or products, denatures the soy and also has negative effects on hormones.
Scientists and doctors have discovered that ingesting krill oil can have amazing effects on the body including a stronger heart, pain-free joints, a better mood, lower cholesterol, easier menstruation and overall better health.
Krill oil is 47 times better for your health than fish oil.
Today much of our available whole-food fish supply contains environmental pollutants and high levels of mercury. For this reason supplements should be taken every day with meals.
What I Recommend
2-3 grams of total omega-3 rich fish oil, to be taken daily with meals, while decreasing your fish intake to occasional. Fish Oil Supplement should be rich in omega-3 and contain at least 30% EPA and DHA.
I use Prograde EFA icon with krill oil . You can get it using the link below and read more about the impressive benefits of Krill Oil.