In the past couple of weeks, the NCAA has changed their regulations on a specific supplement because of the value of this supplement. It used to be “impermissible” for an athletics program to provide this supplement, but that regulation has been lifted for student-athletes — both for their performance and safety. So what is it?
Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation — often seen as fish oil because they contain Omega-3’s. Why should you consider this supplement and how can it benefit you for performance and overall health?
- It can be difficult to get enough Omega-3 fatty acids in the diet. Check out our FREE guide that discusses where you can get them in the diet and how difficult it can be to get enough.
- They act as an anti-inflammatory. Reducing inflammation is helpful for an athlete that is training hard or recovering from an injury. Inflammation is also associated with some chronic diseases, so working towards reducing inflammation is great for overall health too.
- It protects the brain. The research is new-ish, and more research needs to be done, but there are some promising benefits for protecting the brain from injury when consuming enough omega-3 fatty acids — especially one in particular, DHA. This can be especially beneficial for contact sports where concussions occur often — football, soccer, lacrosse, etc.
- Improves focus. Omega-3 fatty acids make up a good amount of the brain. If we’re getting plenty of this nutrient (plus hydrating!) we can improve focus on the field, court, track, and in the classroom.