Bodybuilding Supplements - Six New Research Findings Video Description

Most athletes have experienced muscle soreness after intense weight training— called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Small tears in the muscle fibers cause the initial soreness— inflammation during the repair process makes it worse. Typically, pain increases during the first 12 hours after training because of the initial injury and gets progressively worse because of inflammation for a day or so before it gets better. Omega-3 fatty acids , found in fish oil, might prevent DOMS because they reduce inflammation— according to a small study led by Grant Tinsley from Texas Tech University. Seventeen untrained women took fish oil containing 3,000 milligrams of EPA and 600 milligrams of DHA for a week before a single weight-training workout designed to cause muscle soreness. Fish oil had no significant effect on DOMS, but the researchers concluded that trends in the data suggest that fish oil supplements might be effective. According to the rules of statistics and research, fish oil had no effect on muscle soreness. Using 100 subjects rather than 17 might have resulted in a significant effect. Until that happens, we must conclude that fish oil has no effect on muscle soreness. (Journal Dietary Supplements, 21:1-12, 2016)

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