Fats for Athletes

Those at least a little versed in the basics of sports nutrition understand that not all fats are harmful and raise “bad” cholesterol. Distinguish between saturated and unsaturated fats.

Saturated fats have a negative effect on the body; they are found in margarine, palm, coconut oils, etc. Should avoid them – they raise the cholesterol level, which negatively affects the functioning of the heart and other systems.

Unsaturated fats, on the contrary, are healthy – they are found in fatty fish such as salmon, vegetable oils, nuts, etc. Unsaturated fats are monounsaturated (olives, nuts, avocados, etc.) and polyunsaturated (salmon, sesame, sunflower, etc.). Athletes need to get enough unsaturated fats daily.

Fish oil is polyunsaturated fat and is very beneficial. It almost entirely consists of polyunsaturated fatty acids – they not only do not contribute to the formation of fatty tissue but, on the contrary, activate enzymes that, during active training, “unpack” fat cells, which provides the body with energy. In other words, you lose the fat accumulated under the skin at an accelerated pace. Therefore, for those who have the task of gaining muscle mass, it is recommended to add oily fish to your diet. In particular, salmon is one of the leaders in the content of Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega-3 has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, improves memory and brain function, and increases the level of immunity. Recovery after intense physical activity is faster, and overall energy levels and endurance increase, especially for professional athletes. Unsaturated fats give the effect of prolonged satiety and help maintain blood sugar levels. Thus, after eating a light salmon salad, it will be more beneficial for the body. The feeling of satiety will last longer than after eating a chocolate bar, only increasing the sugar level. After a short time, you will want to snack again.

Omega-3 capsules are always on the shelves of sports supplement stores. But such an additive cannot replace the regular consumption of salmon and caviar. First, fish is highly nutritious and an excellent source of protein, both pre-and post-workout. Secondly, like meat protein, fish protein is rich in essential amino acids, including essential ones, but it is much easier to digest.

Wild salmon is a fatty fish rich in Omega-3; its homeland is Kamchatka. The Vostochny Bereg/Bering Seafood company produces Kamchatka salmon and caviar without preservatives. Thanks to a short production cycle, this was made possible – only 4 hours from harvest to packaging. Salmon, born in the cleanest rivers of Kamchatka and fed in the ocean, reaches the table of the consumer of Vostochny Bereg/Bering seafood products in an environmentally friendly form. Salmon and red caviar produced by Vostochny Bereg and seafood produced by Bering seafood are the best choices for athletes and people who choose proper nutrition.

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