Scientists from the Washington University, School of Medicine (Smith. 2010) have now conducted a randomized placebo controlled trial on the effect of omega-3 (4g/day Lavazza(TM) = 1.86 g EPA + 1.5g DHA) supplementation on muscle protein synthesis in older adults. And despite the fact that omega-3s on their own had no effect on MPS, the consumption of supplemental omega-3s significantly augmented the MPS-response to Hyperaminoacidemia and Hyperinsulinemia.
|Figure 1: Mean (6SEM) concentrations (arbitrary units) of mTORSer2448 and p70s6kThr389 during basal, postabsorptive conditions and during the hyperaminoacidemic-hyperinsulinemic clamp before and after 8 wk of supplementation with either corn oil (n = 7) or omega-3 fatty acids (n = 8). (Smith. 2010)|
While, in view of these results, adding some fish oil caps to your post-workout protein + carb drink seems to be a beneficial, yes, almost obligatory idea, I personally feel that the verdict on the effects of fish oil (especially in particularly high doses) in healthy, or even athletic parts of the population is still out there. Anyway, I will keep you posted.
On a side note: Notice that this study uses a much more "favorable" (my point of view), low EPA:DHA ratio compared to the study I reported on a few days ago, which found no influence of fish oil supplementation on weight and fat loss in obese individuals.