In my wellness training, I learned that omega-3 fatty acids like eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have positive effects on mood, behavior, physical performance, lipid profiles, and stress. Not only that, but they are safe, bio-available and can improve athletic performance and well-being!!
From weekend court-warriors to professional tennis players – we’re all familiar with muscle soreness. This soreness, sometimes called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), is most often caused by a new or unaccustomed exercise where a muscle creates tension to control the lengthening motion. An example would be soreness from the repetition of practicing a new stroke, like an overhead or a one-handed backhand. Introducing of weights to a workout will cause soreness too.
And this is where omega-3s come into play. They work at a cellular level, increasing flexibility and strength of each cell, and reducing soreness and risk of muscle injury during exercise. They’ve also been found to significantly speed up recovery time and decrease lactic acid levels (which cause fatigue and cramping), both of which keeps stress levels at a minimum.
The best source of these omega-3s is fish, but you’d need to eat a lot of it to reap the benefits. The best way to make sure you’re getting enough omega 3s is to add daily supplements to your diet. PLEASE NOTE: People who take anti-coagulant drugs or have blood coagulation problems should not take omega-3s, as they can affect blood clotting.