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Fish Oil

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Quick science lesson:

Omega 3-Fatty Acids reduce inflammation. They are found in grassfed meats, fatty fish, and certain vegetables.

Omega 6-Fatty Acids cause an increase in inflammation. They are found in nut butters, ‘vegetable’ (soybean, corn) oils, and grain fed meats, to name a few.

The goal is to have a 1:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6. Most people who consumer the modern American diet, have much higher levels of Omega-6 than Omega-3 (like 20:1).  To help balance that out, we should be eating grassfed meats, eliminating vegetable oils, and taking Fish Oil.

Fish Oil should be an essential part of an athlete’s diet. In addition to balancing our your fatty acid ratios, it speeds muscle recovery, reduces delayed onset muscle soreness (that’s the “two day burn” that we’ve all come to know and hate) and helps to convert your calories into muscle mass.

The one downfall is that it tastes pretty nasty in it’s natural state. Try the lemon or orange flavored (but not sweetened) kinds, or swallow the capsules. Capsules are best when they are kept frozen. They thaw in your stomach, so you don’t taste them at all.  :) Always take your fish oil WITH FOOD.

Not sure how much to take? Use the Robb Wolf Fish Oil Calculator!

Still have a bunch of questions regarding fish oil?  Or did the fish oil calculator tell you that you should be taking close to 100 pills a day? The smart people at Whole 9 offer a great FAQ sheet here that should help you with the finer points of fish oil supplementation.

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4 Responses to Fish Oil

  1. Jillybean says:

    Great article..I checked out the whole 9
    information very informative. I will be adding
    this to my health regiment. Any recommendations
    on which brand to get for capsules? I can’t see
    myself drinking the fish oil so the whole 9 brand
    recommendation doesn’t work for me.

  2. Steve says:

    We are big fans of the 1200 mg “enteric coated” capsules at Costco. They digest easily and never ever give you that fishy taste/burp.

  3. Alycia says:

    We use Carlsons. I keep the pills in the freezer so they thaw in my stomach, and I never taste anything. I’ll show you the bottle when you come for class, just remind me.

  4. Eric says:

    I’ve been using Carlsons for a few years now.
    I’ve always taken them right out of the bottle at room temp, sometimes on an empty stomach and I’ve rarely if ever tasted fishy burps.

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