Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help Preserve Muscle Tissue During Aging
People lose about 20 percent of their muscle mass between ages 40 and 60, and they go downhill from there. This results in decreased strength and power, and a reduced quality of life. It also decreases the capacity to regulate blood sugar, because muscle accounts for about 30 percent of post-meal blood sugar disposal. This increases the risk of heart disease. A review of literature by Scottish researchers concluded that high omega-3 fatty acid levels in muscle prevent muscle deterioration with age by preventing inflammation and insulin resistance. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish promote metabolic muscular health.
(Marine Drugs, 13: 6977-7004, 2015)