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Omega-3 Supplement May Be Effective Treatment For Sarcopenia

December 15, 2010: 04:25 AM EST
 A study by British and U.S. researchers has found that omega-3 fatty acids might be useful in preventing and treating a condition known as sarcopenia, which is the loss of muscle mass as people get older. For the study, 16 healthy, older adults (average age 71 years) consumed either corn oil or four grams of omega-3 fatty acids (Lovaza capsules) for eight weeks. The omega-3 supplement was found to stimulate muscle protein synthesis. “Omega-3 fatty acids … probably attenuate the anabolic resistance and may potentially be useful as a therapeutic agent to treat sarcopenia,” the researchers concluded.
G.I. Smith, P. Atherton, D.N. Reeds, B.S. Mohammed, D. Rankin, M.J. Rennie, B. Mittendorfer, "Dietary omega-3 fatty acid supplementation increases the rate of muscle protein synthesis in older adults: a randomized controlled trial", The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, December 15, 2010, © American Society for Nutrition
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