A new study shows supplementing with a high dose of Omega 3 may reduce delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) for untrained women after participating in resistance training.
17 women participated in this randomized placebo-controlled double blind study. The participants were randomly assigned to receive either 6 grams of fish oil per day (providing 3000 mg of EPA and 600 mg of DHA) or a placebo for one week prior to a single resistance training session.
The fish oil group had less functional and static muscle soreness when compared to the participants in the placebo group. These decreases were seen in both lower and upper body muscles. Even though the results did not reach a statistical significance researchers noted the reductions seen in DMOS were comparable to results seen when using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Future research is planned in both males and females using multiple markers of muscle damage, inflammation and soreness.
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