Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, are being studied for their potential effects on human skeletal muscle and mitochondrial function. Researchers believe incorporating these fatty acids into mitochondrial membranes might alter ADP handling and oxygen utilization, potentially affecting muscle protein synthesis and energy production. Additionally, some evidence suggests that omega-3s can increase metabolic rate and fat oxidation, possibly due to changes in substrate preferences. However, practical considerations such as optimal dosing and duration of supplementation need further investigation, as consuming high amounts of omega-3s through diet alone may not be feasible. The research is still in its early stages, and more studies are needed to understand how omega-3s influence muscle and mitochondrial function. In this clip, Dr. Chris McGlory explains the potential mechanisms by which omega-3s impact muscle mass and function.
Interview published on Jul 3, 2023
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