Omega 3+ Exercises = Better Bone Health

Reference:Tartibian B, et al Long-term aerobic exercise and omega-3 supplementation modulate osteoporosis through inflammatory mechanisms in post-menopausal women: a randomized, repeated measures study. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2011 Oct 15;8(1):71.

A new study, demonstrates that marrying an osteoporosis weight-bearing exercise program with omega-3 supplementation delivers superior results in post-menopausal women when compared to either exercise alone, or omega 3 supplementation alone.

The findings were that the women who took the 1000 mg of Omega 3 along with 6 months of aerobic exercising were able to actually build bone while the other groups did not.

This 2011 study demonstrated that exercise plus supplementation resulted in a 19% increase in the femoral neck bone mineral density (BMD). The other groups showed no significant improvement in femoral neck BMD with the intervention.

Clinical Relevance: We need to be more diligent about encouraging the use of Omega-3 along side their prescribed exercise program. (They may discuss this with a pharmacist and ensure they are not diabetic or on anti-coagulants)

In the meantime, if you are concerned about osteoporosis, exercise and start supplementing your diet with Omega-3!

Submitted By:Margaret Martin, PT

Posted on: December 15, 2011

Categories: Modalities / Meds / Supplements , Relevant Physical Therapy Articles

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