Around these parts we like to emphasize good nutrition as much as high intensity, constantly varied, functional fitness. However, we understand there is a lot of information out there about what is good for you and what is not, and it can be a daunting task to sort through all the mess to figure out what works.
Amidst all the debates and myths surrounding the supplement industry, fish oil has consistently stood out as one of the best choices you can make. Consider this: the first step that all-star nutrition coach Dr. John Berardi of Precision Nutrition has his clients do is take a fish oil pill each morning. Why? Quite simply, taking a fish oil pill each morning is a simple habit to adopt that will yield great results.
The main benefit of fish oil has to do with increasing the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. Whereas the optimal ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids is 1:1, the “standard American diet” has an Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio closer to 20:1. This leads to excess inflammation, increased soreness, delayed recovery, slower cognitive function, and increased risk for disease. When you take a fish oil supplement however, you up your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids, thus balancing your Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio. By doing this you will have less inflammation, faster recovery from workouts, increased cognitive function, and a decreased risk for disease.
Members of CrossFit Charlottesville can get a discount on some high-quality fish oil from our friends over at TheraLogix by entering the code C2018. For the money, TherOmega delivers more EPA and DHA than most other fish oil supplements out there and includes only pure ingredients.
Lastly, here are some great reads on the multi-faceted benefits of fish oil:
- Mark Sisson: The Definitive Guide to Fish Oil
- Charles Poliquin: Why Fish Oils Are The Most Important Supplement