Sioux Falls, SD-OmegaQuant worked with researchers to measure the Omega-3 Index (O3I) in NBA basketball players, a study published in the July 2021 issues of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Several previous studies have looked at omega-3 status in college division 1 athletes, according to a press release, but limited work was done with professional athletes. This is the first study to examine the omega-3 fatty acid intake and index of NBA basketball players playing in the G-League, the official minor league.
The nutritional strategies most commonly studied in basketball players have been carbohydrates and hydration, the study authors note, but recent studies have shown that supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA helps dampen loss of strength, improve freedom of movement, and increase muscle soreness reduce.
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119 players were rated. More than a third said they did not eat any fish every week; 61% said they consumed less than two servings a week. About 10% of the people examined took an omega-3 supplement. Of the 12 players who took omega-3s, 11 used fish oil and one used an omega-3 food bar.
98% of the players examined had an O3I below the optimal 8% threshold. The players who complemented each other had an average O3I of 6%; those who did not have an average O3I of 4.9%.
The study found that despite similar fish intake, these athletes had slightly higher O3I than Division I college athletes.
If supplementation is given during the season, the study authors encourage teams to regularly monitor athletes’ O3I.
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