Peak athletic performance takes more than extra time on the field. It requires a perfect combination of hard work, quality coaching, adequate sleep, specialized exercise and optimal nutrition to truly perform at your best. Omega-3 fatty acids are one tool that will enhance your game and your health. The athletic benefits that these fatty acids provide are numerous and should not be overlooked.
Omega-3s are essential fatty acids which our bodies can’t produce them on their own and must be obtained from our diet. DHA and EPA, two of the most valuable forms of Omega-3s are found mostly in fatty fish and marine algae. A recent study observed inadequate Omega-3 levels in 99% of 400 NCAA athletes tested. Athletes aren’t the only ones missing out on this powerhouse nutrient; studies show that 95.7% of Americans are falling short of their Omega-3 goal. Fortunately, your Omega-3 Index (O3i) can be improved by increasing your consumption of DHA and EPA in foods, or by taking an Omega-3 supplement.
The role that Omega-3s play on brain and eye health is unparalleled. The brain is primarily made of fats and DHA is quantitatively the most important Omega-3 fatty acid in the brain. DHA plays a primary role in brain and eye development. Ensuring that desired amounts are met may reduce risk of eye degeneration and normal decay of brain mass and function that occurs over time. Adequate Omega-3 intake has also been demonstrated to support neurological protection and attenuate brain tissue damage after injury in active individuals.
Research shows that Omega-3 supplementation works beyond the brain of athletes and improves peripheral neuromuscular function and aspects of fatigue in this population. Moreover, Omega-3s have been shown to improve complex reaction time and efficiency in elite athletes during play. These nutrients have been shown to support muscle health by augmenting blood flow and significantly decreasing post-exercise muscle soreness, perceived pain and blood markers of muscle damage and inflammation that come with intense exercise. Daily Omega-3 supplementation can further support athletes by maintaining immune health in active exercisers and elite athletes. With decreased post-exercise soreness and improved immunity, athletes can continue to optimize output and performance during each successive session.
Brain Armor is on a mission to support cognitive health and performance on every field of play. Brain Armor Pro Super Omega-3+ Liquid Concentrate is NSF Certified for Sport and formulated using an ultra-pure, algal source of Omega-3s with a 2:1 ratio of DHA:EPA, Vitamins D3 & E, MCTs from coconut oil and natural flavors. Brain Armor is already used by numerous athletes and champions of all ages and is the Brain Supplement of choice for Pop Warner Little Scholars and Pro Football Legends (the commercial marketing arm of the NFL Alumni).
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Stacy Cappadona MS, RD, CSCS received her BS in Exercise Science and MS in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition from Florida State University. She has worked with athletes of all ages, active duty military personnel, and is now serving the communities in Southern Oregon at an all inclusive Wellness Club.