Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish such as salmon and tuna can help prevent muscle loss in aging adults and people with muscle wasting diseases. Insulin and essential amino acids promote protein synthesis in people of any age. A British study using healthy, young and middle-aged adults found that feeding Omega 3 fatty acids along with insulin and amino acids increased muscle protein synthesis at a greater rate than insulin and amino acids alone.
Omega 3 fats have been shown to be beneficial in losing body fat, it looks like they also can play a role in maintaining muscle especially as we age.
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