Need To Get Stronger? Try THIS Potent Nutrient
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
Face it; you're getting older.
And, unfortunately, so is a good majority of our population and the rest of the world.
There is an estimated 77.6 million baby boomers, so it's pretty much a fact that we are getting older.
And there is nothing you can do about it!
But, if I told you there was a say to SLOW the speed of aging, would you be interested?
Of course you would!
Now, watching your diet may help you maintain a healthy body weight.
And exercise may strengthens your muscles and improve your overall body composition.
Strength training also increases strength in both your muscles and bones.
This simple solution could add YEARS back to your life, figuratively speaking.
There is ONE IMPORTANT nutrient you need to remember to take as you get older.
And this one nutrient, which research shows, could improve heart health and may have help you shed a pound or two.
And now, it could increase your overall strength and force production.
The Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats which your body cannot make.
Omega-3 fatty acids are broken down into three sources:
• ALA (plant based)
Now, DHA and EPA are found in both Krill oil and fish oil.
Plus, you may have heard that Krill Oil is better than Fish oil.
So, as a quick review…
Fish oil and Krill oil BOTH contain DHA and EPA.
And, studies show that fish oil may contain slightly higher levels than Krill oil.
However, the structure of Krill compared to fish oil is the KEY.
In fish oil, the omega-3 fatty acids are bound by a triglyceride backbone.
And in Krill oil, the omega-3 fatty acids are bound by a phospholipid backbone.
And this is the BIGGEST difference between the two.
Krill oil contains 62.8% of the omega-3 fatty acids, but due to the chemical makeup, it could improve the absorption rate in your intestines.
This means that you may be able to INCREASE the omega-3 levels in your blood.
And this may make it MORE powerful than just regular fish oil (the absorption rate could be significantly LOWER).
ALA is another form of an omega-3 fatty acid, and is a good source, but might not be as beneficial as Krill or fish oil.
The problem with ALA is this: Once ingested, ALA has to be further processed to turn it into DHA, And this conversion of ALA to DHA is not very efficient.
You may not get as much DHA from ALA that you would find in Krill oil.
So, if you want to increase your omega-3 fatty acids intake, you would need to increase both your vegetable intake AND your intake of fatty fish.
Omega-3 fatty acids could reduce cholesterol and improve your heart health, and it has been shown to improve symptoms of depression, arthritis, and possibly cancer.
But now, omega-3 fatty acids could also possess the ability to improve the quality of life as you age.
Give me a minute to explain…
Strength Training And Aging
One way to stop the age-related decline in muscle loss could strength-based exercises.
And with more and more people aging and reaching baby boomer status, the population of older adults who exercise IS EXPLODING.
Strength training progressively overloads your muscles, which could increase muscle size and strength.
And since muscle tissue is more metabolically active than fat tissue, increasing lean muscle mass could lead to weight loss and even more muscle tone.
Exercise, in general, improves strength and endurance in your muscles, and also put stress on your bones.
And this stress, research suggests, may strengthen your bones, which could improve or even prevent, age-related osteoporosis.
And let’s not forget about weight loss.
Increasing muscle tissue may lead to a boost in your overall metabolism.
But this tissue needs more CALORIES in order to keep you running throughout the day.
Having more lean mass (muscles) could increase your resting metabolic rate, so you could burn more calories throughout the day - even while SLEEPING.
And the more calories you burn, the more you could improve your body composition by burning your fat stores to use as energy.
This may leave you trim and tone way into your golden years.
Omega-3 fatty acids, clinical research shows, provide even MORE benefits than you already know about.
Researchers in Brazil have possibly discovered AMAZING benefits regarding omega-3 fatty acids and strength training.
It might SHOCK you to know that the these potent fats may IMPROVE strength as you get older.
Researchers in Brazil recruited 45 women with a mean age of 64.
They divided the women into three groups
• Strength training only
• Strength training with omega-3 fatty acids for 90 days
• Strength training with omega-3 fatty acids for 150 days
The researchers tested to see if increasing the omega-3 fatty acids could benefit muscle strength and development.
After 90 days of strength training, the researchers were SHOCKED by their findings.
Not surprising but all three groups increased their strength and muscle force.
But more importantly, the group supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids showed SIGNIFICANT improvements in strength than the strength training only group.
They concluded that strength training DID improve strength in elderly women and in ALL groups, but that groups supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids showed significantly better improvements in muscle strength AND functional capacity.
Take Home Message
With the baby boomer population increasing, there are plenty of people in search of the fountain of youth.
Exercise, which is one way to increase longevity, may alter body composition, blood lipid profiles, and strengthen your muscles and bones.,
But the omega-3 fatty acids and strength training combined may STRENGTHEN and improve muscle force.
And this could increased lean mass, which may positively alter your body composition.
Now, in order to increase your omega-3 fatty acids, you should increase your marine (fish) intake and vegetable intake.
And this could possibly lead to a leaner and fuller life throughout your golden years.
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Rodacki, C. Rodacki, A. Pereira, G. Naliwaiko, K. Coelho, I. Pequito, D. Fernandes, LC. Fish-oil supplementation enhances the effects of strength training in elderly women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012. doi: 10.3945/ajcn..111.021915.