Omega 3 fatty acids derived from fish oil are widely known for their benefits ranging from lowering cholesterol, improving cardiovascular and heart health, boosting mood and elevating alertness, and for their anti-inflammatory effects.
Their heart-healthy reputation comes from the active ingredients EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) ability to lower blood triglycerides.
The anti-inflammatory nature of EPA and DHA are of most important to athletes who participate in intense weight training and fitness sports. These competitive athletes whose routine and practice involve heavy strength training and plyometric workouts find themselves in a constant battle against inflammation arising from training.
EPA in particular combats inflammation by blocking key enzymes responsible for the inflammation response to training.