Fish Oil And Body Composition And Bodybuilding

It’s not secret to anyone that has read this site or watched my youtube videos or read my tweets that I’m a HUGE fish oil fan. I even go as far as to suggest mega dosing on certain instances though I have yet to see the scientific reasoning behind it.

It’s more of personal trial and experiment then anything else. Most of the research studies on fish oil and various health issues (blood sugar, joint health, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc etc) have all been around 6 grams of combined DHA/EPA per day. So 6 grams has often been my recommendation for people reading this site.

(In case you’re wondering, I’m VERY picky about the supplements that I recommend and this fish oil product pasts all my tests with flying colors)

That is until a new study came out in Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2010, 7:31 (8 October 2010)

This study looked at the effects of fish oil on body composition. For those of us in the bodybuilding world or for anyone just looking to lose fat and build muscle, this study is VERY important.

They measured the effects of fish oil for 6 weeks on 44 individuals( a random mix of men and women) . One group was given a placebo (safflower oil) and the other group was given 4 grams of omega-3 fish oil per day (1600 mg EPA and 800 mg DHA). Here were the exciting results.

While fish oil did nothing to increase the metabolic rate of the subjects (only the misinformed masses claim that it does), there also was no significant difference in body mass. So what does that means for fish oil and body composition and bodybuilding?

Not a damn thing…

There was also a SIGNIFICANT increase in fat free mass, a SIGNIFICANT decrease in fat mass and possible trends towards lower cortisol levels and body fat percentage.

Now keep this in mind, while the subjects were not hardcore individuals who perform hours of cardio and watch everything they eat, they still showed impressive physique results from 4 grams of fish oil per day.

What does that mean for dedicated individuals? Will they show more improvement?

If 4 grams was enough, can we expect 8 grams to double the results?

Leave a comment below and we’ll have a good discussion of what’s going on.

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  1. Raymond-ZenMyFitness
    8 years ago

    I would love to think fish oil does a lot because then I wont have to workout as much but I can’t help but think taking it is nice for the joints but don’t count on it getting you into any better shape.

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