Omega-3 Fatty Acids Boost Muscle Mass in Older Adults

Fish oil high in omega-3 fatty acids may be an effective anti-aging supplement that prevents muscle loss and slows cell aging. Gordon Smith and colleagues from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis supplemented fish oil in 40 older adults for six months. Fish oil therapy slowed muscle loss normally occurring with age. Measures included thigh muscle volume, handgrip strength, one-repetition maximum on the leg press, chest press, knee extension and knee flexion. Other recent studies found that omega-3s prevented telomere shortening in the cells, which promotes cell longevity. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements may prevent muscle loss with aging and improve cell health and longevity. (American Journal Clinical Nutrition, 102:115-122, 2015)

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