The Benefits Of Fish Oil For Bodybuilding

The Benefits Of Fish Oil For Bodybuilding

Hey, this is Sean Nalewanyj of
And today, I want to discuss fish oil and its direct effects on muscle growth and recovery.
Fish oil’s effects on overall health are very lengthy, from improving the cardiovascular
system, to the immune system, to blood pressure, cholesterol, brain function, et cetera. But
what have lot of people don’t know is that fish oil actually has specific benefits for
those trying to build muscle and burn fat. And here are the three main ways. The first
is that fish oil appears to increase muscle anabolism. This was shown in a study at the
Washington University, School of Medicine. The link for that is in the description, and
it showed that when a group of 25 to 45-year-olds, were given 4grams of fish oil daily, the researchers
found a notable increased in muscle protein synthesis. Protein synthesis is the process
where cells combine individual amino acids to build complete proteins. And since proteins
are the fundamental building blocks of muscle tissue, this is obviously very important.
They also found an increase in the mTOR pathway, which is a key signaling pathway that controls
muscle cell growth. The second is that fish oil appears to decrease muscle catabolism.
So, not only just fish oil will help you build new muscle tissue faster, but it also helps
you preserve your existing gains. You know, your muscles are constantly undergoing a process
of both anabolism, which is muscle growth, and catabolism, which is muscle breakdown.
And your net muscle gains are determined by taking the total amount of anabolism, and
subtracting the total amount of catabolism. So, if you minimize muscle catabolism, you
maximize your overall muscle gains. Fish oil appears to suppress muscle catabolism in two
main ways. The first is by lowering cortisol levels. Cortisol is a powerful catabolic hormone
that breaks down muscle tissue for you as energy. And second is by decreasing the activity
of what’s called, “The ubiquitin-proteasome system.” You don’t need to remember that.
But this system is the main cause of muscle breakdown, and is suppressed when EPA intake
increases. And EPA is one of the two Omega-3 fatty acids that’s found in fish oil. And
the third is that fish oil decreases inflammation. Reducing inflammation after training sessions,
helps you enhanced muscle recovery and overall growth. Not only there’s a reduction in the
inflation and improve muscle recovery, but it also has beneficial effects on your joints
and your connective tissues. And since weight training places a lot of stress on those structures,
fish oil appears to be an important supplement in preventing injuries and managing existing
training-induced aches and pains. So all in all, I’d say that those are three pretty solid
reasons to make use of fish oil for bodybuilding specific purposes. In terms of specific dosages,
you know, the main thing to keep in mind is that it’s not the overall amount of raw fish
oil that’s important, it’s the specific amount of EPA and DHA that matters. Again, these
are the two key Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish oil that produced all of the
benefits we just talked about. While there’s no absolute guideline in place, a good figure
to shoot for is 3grams daily of combined EPA and DHA, which will usually equate to around
4grams to 7grams of total fish oil, depending on which specific part that you’re using.
Now, there are a lot of very low grade fish oils out there, so you do need to make sure
that you choose your fish oil carefully. If you want to remove the guess work, then you
can check out EFA UltraPure. And the link is in the description box for that. EFA UltraPure
contains 420ml of EPA, and 280ml of DHA per 1000ml of fish oil, which is far more potent
than most other popular fish oil brands. It’s also produced using molecular distillation,
which removes toxins, PCB’s and heavy metals to below detectable limits for human consumption.
And the soft shells are also enteric-coated, which is an added bonus as it eliminates those
fish burps that you get with many other brands. So, thanks for watching this video lesson.
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  13. Hi  sean, Thank you so much for this information, i am working out, and taking Fish oil, its been 3 months already,  how many tables can i  take in a day, im taking one after lunch and one after dinner, is that okay?  Thank you 

  14. The key ingredient that gets you the results, like you said is the omega 3. if your worried about toxins etc. you can also get all the same benefits by eating chia seeds, omega 3 enhanced chicken eggs, flaxseed oil etc. I personally take Fish Oil or Chia seeds daily unless I eat salmon etc that day already. Good videos man.

  15. hey Sean,
    I have reduced shit loads of weight. my over all body is toned up except for the loose skin around my tummy and on the lower back (love handles?)
    I'm on this program where in m consuming creatine with glucose pre workout and glutamine with whey post work out.
    will fish oil capsule help me tighten my loose skin?

  16. Hey Sean thanks a lot for the helpful video on fish oil. Ive been taking your "Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega" fish oil recommendation since Oct 2014. I recently come across another brand on Amazon called "NOW Foods Super EPA, 360 EPA/240 DHA Double Strength". Can you tell me if its comparable? I looked at the labels online and it looks just as good as far as EPA/DHA. The price is much more affordable for me. Would this be a good brand to use instead of Nordic Naturals?

  17. Sean ! was checking out your older stuff and ended up here, my pills say 1000mg of fish oil per capsule omega 3 with epa 180+dha 120 ,so i got to take 10 pills to hit 3g of epa+ dha? or do i have to take 3 pills a day to hit 3g of fish oil? im confused !

  18. I'm using "nature made" is that a good brand or quality? can you tell me what brand fish oil you use?? thanks Sean I like all your videos.

  19. Been searching but still really haven't found an answer. Been looking to start the Shortcut to shred program.It recommends taking 2-3g three times a day for a total of 6-9 grams daily. Is that a little on the high side? The workout regiment that goes with it is 6 days a week and usually takes 1 hour to sometimes 1-1/2 high intensity. For that level of intensity, does that justify the large amount recommended??

  20. Hey Sean. I take fish oil capsules every morning with my breakfast, but I workout around 6 hours later. Is there a certain time I should be taking the fish oil, or is it completely fine to have it with my breakfast.

  21. I found this online. It might be useful for some people as fish oil can get pretty pricey.

    Cost per gram of EPA + DHA:

    Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Formula, 180-Count: $0.39

    Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega, 1,000 mg Fish Oil, 180 Soft Gels: $0.30

    Ultimate Omega Liquid by Nordic Naturals – 8 Fluid Ounces: $0.47

    Kirkland Signature Enteric Coated Fish Oil Omega 3 1200 MG Fish Oil, 684 MG of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, 180 softgels (Pack of 2): $0.15

    Now Foods Ultra Omega 3, Fish Oil Soft-gels, 180-Count: $0.10

  22. I drink Progressive's fish oil brand, its got 1000mg of EPA and 550mg of DHA per teaspoon. Its a great formula, but the best part about it is its chocolate flavoured and actually tastes pretty good. And its a liquid which will always be better than any capsule formula.

  23. I bought a Nature Made Adult Fish Oil Gummies Omega 3 and Im 15 years old. Am i allowed to take the fish oil? If so, when do i have to take it? also do I take it before workout or after? Thanks so much.

  24. Wow from the information u gave on your video, I realized I got the best fish oil.

    NHT global: omega 3 fatty acids 1,050 mg (2 soft gel capsules)

    EPA- 600 mg

    DHA-400 mg

  25. I m an athlete…Play football so i take whey protien plus COD liver oil…SEan plz tell me are they same Fish Oil and Cod liver oil ??

  26. The best fish oil out there that I find still requires me to take 4 capsules a day.. which is a drag. Am I missing something?
    I'm assuming taking all 4 at once isn't a good idea 🙂

  27. hey sean .I was wondering I'm only 5 feet 5 1/2 ,29 years old .how much fish oil should I take ??.thank you.

  28. im about 2 minutes in and I legit have no idea what youre talking about but ima go get me some fish oils cause I heard the word gainz lmao

  29. hi I'm 16 and I've been in the gym about 1 year and 3 months now and I bought fish oils but I'm bulking . also I have syntha 6 after my workout . should. I take fish oil and bulk 1340 in the morning? or should I eat and take fish oil and wait about 30 min and than take the protein?

  30. How do i use the fish oils , do i take it and eat it along ? After wards , continue with my routine. I'm in track , and 15 years old.

  31. Thanks Sean. FINALLY! Someone who doesn't say "researchers found …. blah blah" without actually citing the reference. This makes your information SO much more useful and believable.

  32. I know this is an old video, but what are your thought on this?

    Viva Naturals Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplement, 180 Capsules – Highly Concentrated Fish Oil Omega 3 Pills, Burpless, 2,200mg Fish Oil/serving (1400mg of EPA & 480 mg of DHA)


  34. These professionals can never answer that 1 simple question, WHEN do i take fish oil? Morning or night? Before or after workout?

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