Both fish oil and exercise independently reduced body fat, significantly.
The bottom line?
The exercise regimen followed by the participants wasn’t that extreme and could fit most lifestyles, I suspect. In this study, more than 85% of the participants complied with walking 3 times per week.
What’s new is that this is the first study to evaluate the metabolic and cardiovascular benefits of combining fish oil with regular aerobic exercise. It shows that “both fish oil supplementation and regular exercise significantly reduced body fat, which indicates the potential benefit of a combined treatment strategy for optimizing body composition.”
The authors concluded, “Fish oil supplements and regular exercise both reduce body fat and improve cardiovascular and metabolic health. Increasing intake of omega-3 fatty acid could be a useful adjunct to exercise programs aimed at improving body composition and decreasing cardiovascular disease risk.”
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.