Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improve Neuromuscular Function

Myelin is an insulating covering around many nerve fibers that increase the speed of neural conduction. Myelin increases around nerve cells when you learn skills such as the golf swing, squatting, juggling or riding a bike. Skill practice works in part because of increased myelin. Omega-3 fatty acids can increase the myelin content of motor nerves and improve motor skills performance, according to a University of Toronto study led by Evan Lewis. The study showed that supplementing omega-3 fatty acids for three weeks increased muscle activation and reduced fatigue during high-intensity exercise and maximal squatting. (Journal International Society Sports Nutrition, 12: 28, 2015)

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