Fats and proteins are two most crucial macronutrients for the healthy survival of human beings. We require them for tissue and cell regeneration, immunity, enzymes and hormonal synthesis, muscles strength and to maintain fluid balance. The intake of each nutrient depends upon the individual’s body, it increases with the increase in the amount of activity performed. To support this additional demand of protein, athletes usually resort to protein supplements. Along with supplements, there are a certain other supporting elements in the league like bcaa, fish oil, L-glutamine, energy drinks, digestive enzymes or fibre supplements, which provides that additional kick.
Fats like omega 3 fatty acids comprises of two components i.e eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Omega 3 fatty acids are considered as good fats as they have anti-inflammatory properties. Studies indicate that omega 3 fatty acids help in improving the anabolism of muscles via increasing the sensitivity to nutritional stimuli. An increase in muscle protein synthesis and reduction in muscle protein breakdown offers a muscle hypertrophy.
Omega 3 fatty acids along with proteins are essential for the development and proper functioning of the body. You are aware of their individual benefits, but let us learn about their combined benefits. That is why when certain supplements are taken together in combination their efficacy enhances pushing us more towards our fitness goal.
The process how omega 3 helps stimulate protein synthesis in muscles is unknown but anti-inflammatory properties of omega 3 might be related to this. Like burn injury, cancer and ageing are all linked with inflammatory activities.
Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids improve the heart health by depositing the good fats in the body and eliminating the bad fat. You can get omega-3 from animal sources such as fatty fishes. Plant sources like nuts and seeds are enriched with omega 6 while few contain omega-3 fatty acids like groundnut, broccoli etc. Where it is present in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which converted gets into DHA and EPA in the body through a cascade of reactions. Therefore, fish oil supplementation is the best choice to avail benefits of this potent fatty acids.
With increasing awareness of the role of supplements in benefitting our health, the market is flooded with numerous health supplements. Protein and fish oil supplements are most favoured by athletes. Proteins help in muscle growth and repair whereas fish oil contains omega 3 fatty acids which reduce bad cholesterol and improves overall lipid profile of the body. Recent researches indicate that when a protein-rich diet is supplemented with fish oil then the intensity of muscle soreness and fatigue reduces, and muscles recover at a much faster rate. Steadfast Nutrition Power Protein supplement comes with this surprising blend of whey protein concentrate, wheat protein and calcium caseinate. This combination of fast and slow releasing proteins ensures quick as well as sustained muscle recovery. Steadfast Nutrition Fish Oil when taken along, acts as a catalyst and speeds up the recovery process. Its rich EPA and DHA content acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, reducing muscle soreness and joints pain. Additional calcium content coming from Power Protein supports joints and bone health. Let’s understand the mechanism of this combined effect in detail.
ACTION WHEN BOTH ARE TAKEN TOGETHER
Fitness is a combined outcome of proper exercise and nutrition. In order to attain our fitness goal, it is very essential that we have a balanced diet providing the required amount of nutrients. Steadfast Nutrition Power Protein assists in fulfilling nutritional requirements left unfulfilled through a diet.
It is an abundant source of whey protein concentrate which has the quality of quick releasing amino acids. This aids in providing immediate recovery along with the synthesis of new muscles.
Whey protein contains glutathione, an anti-oxidant which protects our cell membranes from getting damaged from any free radicals or foreign bodies. Whey protein also acts as an anti-inflammatory source which helps reduce muscle soreness, fatigue and inflammation of joints. A study was conducted in Greece by Kerasioti E. et al (2013) on the anti-inflammatory effects of a special carbohydrate-whey protein cake after exhaustive cycling in humans. The impetus of the study was to analyse the effects of whey protein on athletes after exhaustive cycling in reducing inflammation. When we perform an intense workout then our body produces inflammatory proteins like interleukin-6. This study revealed that athletes who were fed on cake containing whey protein showed a reduced levels of inflammation-causing proteins as compared to the other group which consumed a plain cake. Thus, evidencing that whey protein has anti-inflammatory properties.
We all know that fish oil contains omega 3 fatty acids which are essentially required by our body and brain to function properly. Steadfast Nutrition Fish Oil has omega 3 fatty acids containing EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) in the ratio of 3:2, respectively. It helps in maintaining the blood cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure, improving cognitive functioning. It has been observed that they play a noticeable role in reducing muscle fatigue, soreness and inflammation of joints. A Japanese study led by Ochi E. et al (2018), reported that there was a delayed onset of muscle soreness in a group of running athletes and supplemented with 0.324 g of EPA and 0.216 g of DHA/ day for 30 days. Hence, it was concluded that EPA and DHA prevented the elevation of inflammation-causing markers like Interleukin-6 and tumour necrosis factor-alpha.
These studies clearly reflect that diet containing both whey protein and omega 3 will have an extra benefit for a speedy recovery and reduced muscle fatigue and soreness.
The second main ingredient of SN Power Protein is wheat protein. Wheat protein benefits our body by lowering the bad cholesterol levels. Similarly, omega 3 fatty acids also possess a quality of reducing triglyceride levels and favourably affects our lipid profile. It prevents the deposition of fats in our arteries. If taken together, they help keeping bad fats and cholesterol at bay curbing the risk of cardiovascular disorders.
Last but not least benefit of SN Power Protein is its calcium content derived from its third ingredient — calcium caseinate. Casein has the property of acting slowly in our body, it releases amino acids at a slower rate ensuring a sustained recovery. Due to this feature, it is preferably consumed at bed-time by strength and endurance athletes . This helps the body to stay in its recovery mode and work on muscle synthesis at night. Additional calcium content of this supplement strengthens our bones and joints reducing the risk of stress fractures and injury. A similar effect is posed by omega 3 fatty acids on our joints. EPA and DHA in omega 3 reduces the inflammation of joints hence reducing pain and ache. Also, they lubricate our joints and prevents friction.
To sum up this literature, we can say that in order to boost the effect of proteins, it wise to team it up with omega 3 fatty acids. SN Power Protein with an attractive fusion of slow and fast releasing amino acids serves to aid quick and gradual muscle recovery and synthesis. Presence of natural cocoa powder not only imparts a yummy flavour but it also elevates our mood and reduces stress. Apart from electrolytes like sodium, potassium, chloride and phosphorus; additional calcium content strengthens our bones and joints. They assist in replenishing the lost stores during exercise.
SN Fish Oil has 1000 mg of omega 3 fatty acids per softgel tablet, its EPA and DHA content also acts as an anti-inflammatory, like whey protein present in Power Protein. Adequate DHA content makes sure that we have a good sound sleep by regulating the secretion of melatonin, which is a sleep hormone. Both collectively act on our muscles and joints providing them with a quick recovery, enhanced muscle growth, reduced inflammation of joints, reduced joint pain and muscle soreness, thereby, fostering overall health and fitness. Imagine yourself with a relaxed mind and body, recovering at a faster rate with no joints or muscle ache, then automatically you will be ready for the next day to give your best shot.